KKR spinner barred from playing IPL
One veteran leg-spinner will not be allowed to play for Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as he broke a mandatory law set by BCCI.
Pravin Tambe was picked up at his base price of INR 20 lakhs in the recent IPL auction that took place on December. Ir made him the oldest cricketer to be bought in the history of the league.
However, for the 48-year-old had already taken part in an overseas league when he played for Sindhis in the 2018 edition of T10 League, he is now eligible to play in IPL.
As per BCCI guidelines, no non-retired player could take part in overseas cricket league. Tambe took part in one, which makes him technically a retired player. So he will not be allowed to come out of retirement and be involved in IPL in a playing capacity.
A source confirmed to Times of India on Sunday (January 12), “As per Board policy, only retired players can take part in overseas leagues.”
Though playing in T10 League has now put the tweaker in a jolt, his record in that tournament was extraordinary, and he caught much attention in the cricket world when he achieved the best figures in the tournament history and bagged a hat-trick en route 5/15 for the Sindhis against Kerala Knights.
Tambe also had a hat-trick in IPL. Back in 2014, he picked up the hat-trick against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) while playing for Rajasthan Royals. Overall he has 28 wickets in 33 IPL matches, with his last appearance in IPL came back in 2016. Besides that, he also became the highest wicket-taker in the Champions League T20 tournament with 12 wickets to his credit.