Tambe set to be first Indian to play in CPL
Veteran India leg-spinner Pravin Tambe has become first India cricketer to be picked to play in Caribbean Premier League (CPL) after Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) signed him in the players’ draft.
“The draft was carried out remotely and the six teams have successfully filled out their rosters with both Caribbean and overseas players with Rashid Khan, Marcus Stoinis, Ross Taylor, Tambe and Carlos Brathwaite all being signed up,” read a CPL statement.
The 48-year old Tambe became the oldest player to bag an Indian Premier League (IPL) contract last year when he was picked by Kolkata Knight Riders in the auction. But later he’s announced ineligible by IPL’s Governing Council because of his participation in T10 League in the UAE.
Tambe has played for Rajasthan Royals, Gujarat Lions and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL previously. He played 33 matches in IPL and took 33 wickets.
Incidentally West Indies captain Kieron Pollard-led TKR’s one of the co-owners is Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan who’s also the co-owner of IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). TKR have won CPL three times.
Tambe has already announced about his participation in this year’s CPL.
“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,”
he said as quoted by The Indian Express.
CPL is scheduled to start from 18 August and end on 10 September 2020.