NEWS: ECB – We DID Invite Indian Players

The ECB have confirmed to CRICKETher that the BCCI were contacted in advance of the selection of overseas players for the Kia Super League, but that no Indians expressed an interest in playing in the tournament.

This contradicts the BCCI’s claims in an article by Snehal Pradhan on Firstpost that “they had not received any…communication from the ECB and that they could only consider allowing Indian players [to participate] after they did.”

An ECB spokesperson states that they “made contact with the overseas boards for all seven of the [other] teams involved with the ICC Women’s Championship, asking them to invite their players to express an interest in playing in the Kia Super League…None of the 65 players who expressed an interest in playing in the Kia Super League were from India.”

While Indian fans have been disappointed at the lack of inclusion of the likes of Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami in KSL, this suggests that it was the BCCI’s own reluctance (or that of their players?) which has prevented any Indians from being involved.

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