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T20 League ban proposal worries MP players

Shruti Tomar , Hindustan Times  Bhopal, May 25, 2013
First Published: 11:45 IST(25/5/2013) | Last Updated: 13:27 IST(25/5/2013)

Recent news about the demands to ban T20 League, in the wake of the recent spot-fixing scandal, has scared young cricketers from Bhopal, who wish to make it to the national level one day.

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The youngsters said that earlier there were many avenues for talented cricketers other than the domestic cricket tournaments like Ranji Trophy to show their cricketing skills. But by playing in Ranji or other domestic tournaments, none of the cricketers could make a name at the national or international level.

However since the T20 League has begun, several players have made their presence felt at the national and international level and even attracted the attention of national team selectors.

The cricketers also felt that if the cricket board or the government wasn't able to check corruption in the T20 League, the blame shouldn't be put on the teams or the cricketers. Ranji players Sanjay Pandey said the T20 League provides many benefits to young cricketers by providing them with a platform to test their ability and showcase their skills.

Bhopal division cricketer Salman Baig said, "There is corruption in the mining department, it doesn't mean, the government should stop mining. Similarly because of a few corrupt players, T20 League should not be banned. Now it has become our dream to play in T20 League."

Supporting Salman's words, MP cricketer Sameer Qureshi said T20 League created hype and attracted the attention of the masses. It has become a platform to create a brand image. Any association with this is a matter of pride. Because of the mistakes committed by few players, the government should not ban T20 League because it would be an injustice to upcoming players and fans of fast cricket.

Coaches also felt players, who couldn't get a chance to play for India, shouldn't feel bad for their career as the T20 League can provide international exposure to the players.

Cricket coach Brijesh Tomar said T20 League is a big international platform for players. It is not possible for every player to get a chance to play in the Indian team with his idols but through T20 League they get a chance to play with senior and international players. It provides exposure and experience. Another cricket coach of Bhopal Syed Shqueel said it was true that T20 League had become a betting house but it should not be banned in any circumstance.


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