Veteran Mumbai leg-spinner Pravin Tambe had put his name for the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2020 draft after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) barred him from competing in the now-postponed IPL 2020 for participating in the unsanctioned T10 League in Abu Dhabi last year.
Last year, the 48-year-old was picked up by the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 but the BCCI disqualified him since he had participated in the T10 League without informing the board as well as ‘No Objection Certificate’.
Following the ban, the Rajasthan Royals’ former leg-spinner decided to play in the CPL and even he has been signed by the Trinbago Knight Riders – a franchise co-owned by Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan who also co-owns the KKR in the IPL for the CPL 2020.
However, Tambe’s participation in the CPL 2020 looks in jeopardy thanks to the BCCI’s strict policy regarding Indian players, as he will have to first retire from all form of the game to get into CPL which is scheduled to be held between August 18 and September 10 behind closed doors in Trinidad & Tobago.
According to the BCCI rules, Indian players can’t participate in the domestic T20 leagues in other countries until they get ‘No Objection Certificate’ provided only after the retirement from all forms of domestic cricket including IPL and Tambe will have to do the same in order to play in the CPL 2020.
Well, questioning the BCCI why shouldn’t he play in other leagues, Tambe believes that he is fit and eligible in any domestic league across the world.
Tambe told the indianexpress.com: “I am fit and since the BCCI does not allow me to take part in its competitions why shouldn’t I play in other leagues. I am eligible to play outside and got picked by TKR. I will also take all necessary precautions and follow protocols before going there.”
The leg-spinner, who was the oldest player in the CPL draft, further added, “I am working on my physical fitness at home and so yes definitely looking forward to this edition.”
Noteworthy, the cricketer has played 33 IPL matches and taken 28 wickets with an average of 30.5.
(With Indian Express Inputs)