"There's no better league than IPL.."- AB de Villiers on why BCCI doesn't allow Indian players to take part in other leagues
Cricket is a very fast-moving sport, and with the introduction of various T20 leagues, the schedule for the international players is getting more jam packed. And in this situation, it is very hard for the players to play in all three formats and also in the various T20 leagues around the world.
Unlike the Indian players, who don't take part in any overseas leagues because the BCCI doesn't allow them to do so. Indian players only play in their own league, the Indian Premier League. Former South African legend AB de Villiers has also shared his opinion on that.
De Villiers is currently part of the commentary panel for the ongoing inaugural season of the South Africa T20 League (SA 20). Many were surprised when he announced his retirement in 2018, believing that he had another 2-3 years of cricket left in him.
De Villiers played in the IPL until the 2021 season, nearly three years after retiring from the league, and is aware of the BCCI's policy of not allowing Indian players to play in overseas leagues. However, in a recent interaction with PTI, he was asked whether the BCCI will allow Indian players to participate in overseas leagues in the coming future or not.
To which he replied, "You don't see Indian players in overseas leagues and rightfully so. BCCI has a clear plan with their players. They want to win the World Cup, they want to ensure their players get exposure and there's no better league than the IPL."
However, he also said that it will be great if the Indian players play in other leagues as well, but the environment they get in the IPL is more than enough to help them grow. He also stated that if some leagues grow like the IPL in the future, the BCCI might let them take part in it. Notably, the ongoing SA20 has taken an 8-day break because of the ODI series between South Africa and England.