Bengal opts out from the Namibia Global T20tournament, where the Indian domestic team, Bengal was supposed to go up against the Namibia national men’s team, a representative team from Pakistan, Lahore Qalandars, and a South African domestic team. BCCI has already made it clear that no Indian cricketer is allowed to take part in a T20 competition outside India.
“There seems to be a problem because of the format, it appears that had it not been T20s, there wouldn’t be an issue,” a senior Cricket Association of Bengal functionary said. The BCCI has denied its players from playing in overseas leagues to protect the value of the IPL.
Cricket Namibia has informed the Lahore Qalandars that the tournament would proceed as planned, but now three teams will take part instead of four.
On July 22, the Cricket Association Bengal had named a 16-man team for the tournament, to be led by regular captain Abhimanyu Easwaran, and featuring prominent players like Shahbaz Ahmed, Ishan Porel, Mukesh Kumar, Akash Deep and Writtick Chatterjee.
CAB joint-secretary Debabrata Das had said, “The broadcasters for the tournament came before our president and invited us. We took the opportunity to play six-seven games before the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy [India’s domestic T20 tournament for men], because we can get to play against a World Cup team.”
For Namibia, the tournament is a chance to consolidate their preparations for the upcoming men’s T20 World Cup, to be held in Australia in October-November. At the 2021 T20 World Cup in the UAE, Namibia finished fifth in Group 2 after making it from the preliminary round to the Super 12 stage. Namibia will play an ODI tri-series in Papua New Guinea after this T20 tournament before leaving for Australia, where they are grouped with Sri Lanka, Netherlands and UAE in the first round.