BCCI bans English players from playing in India

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Published: Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 11:59 [IST]
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Bangalore, Feb 5: The Board of Control for Cricket in India has banned a group of English county cricketers from playing in India following home team's 2-1 loss to England in the Test series.

According to a report on the Daily Telegraph, it is learnt that England's Joe Root had vast experience playing on Indian tracks before making his Test debut which has irked BCCI officials following which the cricketing body banned 30 English county players from playing in India.

Annoyed BCCI bans England cricketers

Thirty players from Yorkshire, Durham, Kent, Hampshire, Glamorgan, Gloucestershire and Nottinghamshire were scheduled to tour India to enhance their knowledge of playing on spinner-friendly tracks, organised by Sachin Bajaj, the founder of Global Cricket School (GCS).

Since GCS is based in Pune, BCCI has instructed all the ground authorities and concerned cricket association to ensure that foreign players must not use the facilities offered at grounds without official permission.

England's Joe Root was impressive on his Test debut as he played magnificently on Indian conditions, which has annoyed BCCI. Moreover, Steven Finn in order to prove fitness for the Kolkata Test, appeared for England Performance Programme team against DY Patil Academy XI in Mumbai during a tour match.

BCCI annoyed over foreign cricketers' impressive show against India in India, has banned them from playing on Indian pitches.

Interestingly, BCCI's initiative of hosting IPL (since 2008) has exposed India's weakness as the amount of foreigners playing the lucrative league has been on the rise which has further weakened the team while playing at home.

Many players have got accustomed to Indian conditions especially after playing the IPL. With BCCI banning English county players, do they ever think about banning foreign cricketers in IPL that has actually worsened the scenario over the last few years?


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