A few days after Suresh Raina urged BCCI to allow Indian players to participate in the foreign T20 tournaments, Robin Uthappa too has the same willingness to play in overseas leagues and urges BCCI to let them go to partake in at least 2 overseas T20 leagues.
Speaking to BBC, Robin Uthappa said, "Please let us go, honest to God. It does hurt when we're not allowed to go and play ... It would be so nice if we could go and play at least a couple of others because as a student of the game you want to learn and grow as much as you can."
Apart from women cricketers who are allowed to play in overseas leagues, BCCI has never allowed men players to play overseas tournaments. However, Robin Uthappa is hopeful that BCCI current president Sourav Ganguly will look into this matter and his progressive thinking will pave a way forward.
"Ganguly is a very progressive thinking human being, someone who has always looked to take India to the next level. He actually laid the foundation for where India cricket is now," said Uthappa. "We're hoping that he will look at this at some point," Uthappa said.
The 34-year old, Karnataka born cricketer, Uthappa was a part of India squad that won the inaugural T20I World Cup in 2007 in South Africa under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. Since then he couldn't fix his spot in the team and has been in and out. His last outing in international cricket came in 2015 when he played a T20I against Zimbabwe in Harare.