The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has reportedly revoked Irfan Pathan for seeking No Objection Certificate (NOC) regarding his participation in a cricket festival in Bahrain.
As per the media reports, the 32-year-old discarded Indian pacer from Baroda was in Bahrain for the festival match against a side led by recently retired Pakistani Pakistan legend Misbah-ul-Haq.
He also took part in the pre-match press conference but didn’t take part in the match as he didn’t receive NOC from BCCI.
Reports claimed that the BCCI has not issued any reason for the revoking the NOC.
Interestingly, Pathan’s team was named after Irfan Pathan itself-Irfan Falcons. But, in his absence, Marlon Samuels led the side yesterday at the National Stadium in Riffa.
Misbah Falcons won the only T20 match by 69 runs after posting 244, batting first.
However, this is not the first BCCI didn’t allow an out of favour Indian players to ply his trade in an overseas league. Earlier, Irfan’s elder brother Yusuf Pathan had to face the same problem. The Pathan duo has played for India. Their demand in overseas leagues is quite high. Yousuf wanted to participate in the Hong Kong T20 Blitz but his request was revoked by BCCI.
Now, Irfan, who was overlooked at IPL auction but later Gujarat Lions bought him to replace Andrew Tye, will play the 2017/2018 domestic season which will start in the new few months. He will appear for Baroda for Ranji and in other domestic limited over cricket.
But, BCCI policy to deprive out of favour players not to play in the overseas league is not justifiable. Across the world all cricket teams allow their players to ply their trade in the overseas T20 league, but BCCI is still glued with their regressive policy. They must have a relook and overhaul the old policy; hence discarded players can ply their trades in overseas leagues for their livelihood.