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EAS Prasanna advocates for quota for state cricketers in IPL

EAS Prasanna advocates for quota for state cricketers in IPL
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By BD Narayankar
Bengaluru, June 22 (UNI) As the Indian Premier League (IPL) continues to captivate millions of cricket fans around the world, there has been a persistent debate about the inclusion of local talent in the league. EAS Prasanna, a legendary former cricketer, has voiced his opinion on this matter, suggesting the introduction of a quota system for state cricketers alongside Indian and foreign players.
When the IPL was inaugurated, many hoped that local players would have ample opportunities to showcase their skills on such a grand stage. However, as Prasanna pointed out, the dynamics of investment and returns took precedence.

"When the IPL started, many believed that local players would get opportunities," Prasanna remarked. "However, the reality is driven by investment and returns. No franchise will invest money without expecting a return, and the BCCI's rules allowed overseas players in the playing XI," he told UNI on the sidelines of the unveiling of Maharaja T20 Trophy 2024 here on late Friday night.
Prasanna proposed a retrospective clause that could have significantly altered the course of the IPL. He suggested that teams could have been mandated to include a certain number of players from their respective states. "For instance, RCB could have been required to include four Karnataka players in their squad of 17. Similarly, teams from Maharashtra, like the Mumbai Indians, and other states could have picked their local talents," he explained.
Despite this missed opportunity, Prasanna acknowledged the invaluable contributions that foreign players have made to the league. "What foreign players have brought to the IPL is the standard of fielding. While anyone can hit sixes and fours, the eye-catching fielding standards set by overseas players have elevated the game," he said. This high level of fielding has not only thrilled fans but also raised the bar for domestic players.
In addition to their fielding prowess, Prasanna highlighted the professionalism and commitment of foreign players. "Their dedication to the game is extraordinary, and their professional approach has been a major factor in the success of the IPL," he noted. The presence of such dedicated professionals has undoubtedly contributed to the IPL's reputation as a top-tier cricket league.
Prasanna's insights into the IPL reflect a broader vision for the development of Indian cricket. He believes that incorporating more state players into IPL teams would have a substantial impact on cricket in India. "It would have added great value to Indian cricket if a few players from respective states were inducted into teams like RCB, Lucknow, and Rajasthan. It would have enhanced the overall standard of Indian cricket," he concluded.
As the IPL continues to evolve, Prasanna's perspective serves as a reminder of the importance of nurturing local talent and balancing it with international expertise. The potential inclusion of a quota system for state cricketers could pave the way for a more inclusive and enriching future for the IPL and Indian cricket as a whole.
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