Ratnakar Shetty, the BCCI secretary, on why Indians won’t be allowed to play in Australia’s Big Bash tournament:
Shetty said only the BCCI has the discretion to allow players to compete in the overseas tournaments and no one, including the new India coach Duncan Fletcher, can have any say in this.
“It’s a policy decision of the board, the new coach has nothing to do with that, and when there is a domestic tournament on I don’t think we will release any players. Sri Lanka now has some league in the month of July and it doesn’t clash with our domestic tournament. So whoever wants to go with prior permission can participate.”
You have to feel sorry for other boards (namely England, who have to face the IPL during its county cricket season). The only way this situation will end in their favor is if they can figure out a way to rejuvenate Indian hockey and soccer.