Sanjay Manjrekar shared his thought about adding more teams to the Indian Premier League (IPL).
As per the reports, the Indian Premier League (IPL) is said to add two more teams from the next edition and former India cricketer turned renowned commentator of cricket Sanjay Manjrekar feels that if this development takes place then all the franchises should be allowed an additional overseas player in the playing XI as well.
Now, as many as 7 Indian players and only 4 overseas players are allowed to play in the game of the Indian Premier League with the objective of promoting the youngsters in the cash-rich T20 league as well. However, Sanjay Manjrekar has also shared that if the IPL is being expanded from 8 teams to 10 teams then the number of overseas players in the playing XI should be increased too
“If IPL is going with 10 teams then you got to have five foreign players per side. Despite that, you will have 60 Indian players playing in the XI. They are a lot of Indian players, ” said the former player.
Sanjay Manjrekar believes addition of more overseas players wouldn’t affect Indian players’ chances
Meanwhile, Manjrekar further added that the inclusion of a foreign player in the playing XI wouldn’t take away the opportunities for Indian youngsters to represent themselves in the league and also showcase their talents as well.
“When there was no IPL, T20, or 50-over cricket, only 13-14 players in the 70s or 80s played at the highest level and that’s where you got the cream of Indian players playing. You already have plenty of Indian players and it is a shame to see some quality foreign players sitting out only because they can’t play more than four. So even if we go five foreign players, plenty of Indian players will get the opportunity,” again shared Sanjay Manjrekar.
“I don’t think it will add pressure that organizers feel that this is an Indian Premier League and got to have more and more Indian players and less foreign players. 60 is plenty,” Sanjay Manjrekar concluded.