Reasons: Why MS Dhoni and other Indian Players can’t play in CSA or UAE T20 Leagues


The Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise is expanding its network globally after becoming established in India. Notable Indian premier team owners, including the Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, have signed up for the Cricket South Africa (CSA) T20 league, which will begin in January.

Additionally, some IPL teams have purchased franchises in the UAE T20 league in addition to the six CSA league franchises that have already been owned by IPL teams.

MS Dhoni not allowed in CSA T20 League

Several reports recently suggested that MS Dhoni could work as a mentor for the Chennai Super Kings Cricket Limited-owned franchise in the CSA T20 League. However, as recent media reports, this is not going to happen. The reason for this is that the BCCI prohibits any Indian player, whether contracted or retired, from participating in any foreign leagues.

A BCCI official told The Indian Express “It’s clear, that no Indian player including domestic players can take part in any other league until he is retired from all forms of the game. If any player wants to take part in these upcoming leagues he can only do so when he cuts off all ties with the BCCI,” 

In addition, the official responded when asked if Dhoni might serve as a mentor or coach in the CSA T20 League, “Then he can’t play IPL for CSK. He has to retire here first.”

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Major signings in the CSA T20 league 

As per the Cricbuzz, some of the major signings in the CSA T20 league by IPL team owners: 

Mumbai Indians (MI) – Rashid Khan, Liam Livingstone, Kagiso Rabada, Sam Curran

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) – Faf Du Plessis, Moeen Ali

Delhi Capitals (DC) – Anrich Nortje

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) – Aiden Markram

Rajasthan Royals (RR) – Jos Buttler

Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) – De Kock.

“If the BCCI starts allowing players to take part in foreign leagues, franchises might ask players to become freelancers, who can play for them for 5-6 months in various leagues that they own apart from IPL.” Aakash Chopra responded In a Q&A session on his YouTube channel.