Bangla Hunt Desk: Foreign cricketers play a big role throughout the IPL. The frenzy of IPL fans with foreign cricketers is eye-catching. More or less foreign players can be seen in every team. However, the BCCI has imposed strict rules on the playing of these foreign cricketers.
According to BCCI and IPL Governing Council rules, each franchise can take a maximum of eight foreign players in the auction and a maximum of four foreign players can play in the first XI. However, in some special cases, five foreigners have been seen playing for a team.
Mumbai Indians are the only team in the history of the IPL to have five foreign players in the starting XI. However, it is not an IPL match because according to BCCI rules, no matter what the situation, no team can play more than four foreigners in their first XI.
A number of Mumbai Indians players were injured together in a 2011 Champions League match. Due to which Mumbai did not have enough players to play in the first XI. At that time, five foreign players had applied to the Mumbai team management tournament authorities. In response to Mumbai’s request, the Champions League authorities allowed 5 foreigners to play in that match. Mumbai were represented by Andrew Symonds and Adeen Wizard of Australia, Kieron Pollard of Wesley, James Franklin of New Zealand and Lasith Malinga of Sri Lanka.