IPL 2022 Should See 5 Foreigners In Playing XI If 10 Teams Participate – Sanjay Manjrekar

Sanjay Manjrekar, former Indian cricketer-turned-commentator has given his views regarding the number of overseas players in an IPL team while speaking to ESPNcricinfo. Sanjay Manjrekar has said that IPL GC should allow five foreign players in playing XI if the league expands to 10 franchises in 2022. He said that there will be enough room for Indian players to flourish with the increase in teams as 60 Indian players could take the field in IPL 2022. Sanjay Manjrekar: If IPL 2022 Is Going With 10 Teams Then 5 Overseas Players Should Be Included In Playing XI With the IPL expanding,

IPL 2022 Should See 5 Foreigners In Playing XI If 10 Teams Participate – Sanjay Manjrekar

Sanjay Manjrekar, former Indian cricketer-turned-commentator has given his views regarding the number of overseas players in an IPL team while speaking to ESPNcricinfo. Sanjay Manjrekar has said that IPL GC should allow five foreign players in playing XI if the league expands to 10 franchises in 2022.

He said that there will be enough room for Indian players to flourish with the increase in teams as 60 Indian players could take the field in IPL 2022.

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Sanjay Manjrekar: If IPL 2022 Is Going With 10 Teams Then 5 Overseas Players Should Be Included In Playing XI

With the IPL expanding, there may be a change in rules for foreign players in the team. Currently, only four overseas players are allowed in the playing XI with some teams often benching some quality players due to the rule. The Indian Premier League is likely to add 2 more teams for season 15 that takes place next year.

“If IPL is going with 10 teams then you got to have five foreign players per side. Despite that, you will have 10 Indian players playing in the XI. They are a lot of Indian players,” he said.

Anrich Nortje
Anrich Nortje (Image Credit: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra had also proposed a radical suggestion for future editions of the IPL. The cricketer-turned-commentator felt the overseas player cap in the playing eleven should be increased to five from IPL 2022 onwards.

IPL 2022 is set to be a ten-team affair, with two new franchises added to the group. The change will see the league revert to a ten-franchise competition for the first time since 2011, having been an eight-team event since 2014. IPL 2021 saw proven international stars like Anrich Nortje, Mitchell Santner, and Lockie Ferguson warm the bench. A ten-team IPL with the five-overseas-player rule will make the league more attractive to foreigners.

Sanjay Manjrekar: It’s A Shame To See Some Quality Foreign Players Benched Because Franchises Can’t Play More Than 4 In Playing XI

IPL is one of the most famous and fiercely competitive leagues in the world and has an array of premium talent available at its disposal.

“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,” Sanjay Manjrekar added.

“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,” he further said.

“I don’t think it will a pressure that organisers 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 signed off.

Before IPL 2021 was suspended indefinitely due to a rise in Covid-19 cases in India, overseas players like Imran Tahir (1 game), Lungi Ngidi (3 games), Mitchell Santner, and Jason Behrendorff(no games) didn’t feature in many games as per liking for CSK.

For table toppers, Delhi Capitals, Sam Billings, and Anrich Nortje didn’t play while Tom Curran (2 games), and Chris Woakes (3 games) didn’t play much as desired. For KKR, Lockie Ferguson, Ben Cutting, and Tim Seifert didn’t get a game to play.

Lockie Ferguson
Lockie Ferguson (Image Credit: Twitter)

Mumbai Indians player Nathan Counter Nile, James Neesham, Adam Milne, and played in 1 game each. For Punjab Kings, Dawid Malan, Chris Jordan, Moises Henriques, Fabian Allen, Riley Meredith, and Kane Richardson didn’t play all matches. For Rajasthan, Ben Stokes was injured after playing the first game while Andrew Tye didn’t get a game and flew home midway for Covid-19 fears.

For RCB, Finn Allen, Scott Kuggeleijn, and Adam Zampa were some of the players who didn’t feature in a single game. For SRH, Jason Roy, Jason Holder, Mohammed Nabi, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman didn’t feature in more than 2 games each.

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India’s probable XI for ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final

India is set to clash with New Zealand at the World Test Championship (WTC) final scheduled to be played from June 18 to June 22. The International Cricket Council (ICC) have kept June 23 as a reserve day so that the match could be completed if there is a considerable loss of game-time or substantial…

India’s probable XI for ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final

India is set to clash with New Zealand at the World Test Championship (WTC) final scheduled to be played from June 18 to June 22. The International Cricket Council (ICC) have kept June 23 as a reserve day so that the match could be completed if there is a considerable loss of game-time or substantial overs are left due to rain playing a spoilsport or for any other reason.

India announced their Test squad for the WTC final last week. The squad selection stunned many as eminent players like Prithvi Shaw, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav failed to make the cut.

India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and lower middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari made a comeback to seal their spots.

Team India named fast bowlers – Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna and Arzan Nagwaswalla – along with Bengal batsman Abhimanyu Easwaranas, as their reserved players.

Virat Kohli and Co. are scheduled to leave for England in the first week of June, following which they have to follow the quarantining norms for a few days.

The last time India played a Test at Hampshire Bowl, Southampton, was in 2018 when the visitors suffered a major failure in the second innings as they lost the game by 60 runs.

However, the saving graces for the contest were India batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Kohli, who smashed 132 and 58 runs, respectively.

After a sturdy performance by Shubman Gill at the opening slot during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21, Kohli is likely to keep the youngster in the playing XI. For the other opener, the skipper might rely on the veteran batter Rohit Sharma.

For the one-down position, Team India will seek the services of the dependable Pujara. As mentioned earlier, Pujara had scored a century at the Rose Bowl during the India tour of England in 2018.

The skipper will ply his trade for the fourth position in the batting order. He imminently got over his off-stump woes and made a mark by being the highest scorer on four occasions during the Test series against England in 2018.

Keeping Ajinkya Rahane’s performance during the Australian tour in mind, he will most likely play the fifth position. The 32-year-old smoked a century (112) and later an unflappable 27 to help his side win the Melbourne Test.

Hanuma Vihari is expected to occupy the sixth spot. He was the highest wicket-taker (3) for India in the second innings of the London Test in 2018. Also, the Andhra Pradesh cricketer had shown his grit during the Sydney Test, where he stood like a rock for 161 deliveries helping side draw an otherwise probable loss.

Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin are expected to play at the seventh and eighth spot, respectively. Jadeja will be making his comeback to international cricketer after a thumb injury. The left-hander has been an indispensable part of the team and can stun the opposition with his all-round performance. Whereas Ashwin will vibe at the eighth place as he has scalped more than 400 wickets in Test. On top of that, his batting abilities can save the day for Team India when needed the most.

The bowling department will be taken care of by Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, who were the highest wicket-takers for their side during the Rose Bowl Test in 2018. Keeping that in mind, India will most probably go with three pacers – Shami, Bumrah and Ishant Sharma. Kohli will include Ishant in the playing XI since the latter took a fifer at Edgbaston in the same tour.

India’s predicted XI for WTC final:

Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma.

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