The 49-year-old leg-spinner, Pravin Tambe will play for the defending champions, Maratha Arabians in the 4th season of the Abu Dhabi T10 League. Tambe was picked by the Arabians from a set of over 600 players in the Players’ Draft in Abu Dhabi The competition will take place at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium from January 28 to February 6.
A live draft on Wednesday (December 23) was held, where 8 teams were placed into two groups of four teams each. Pool A consists of defending champions Maratha Arabians, 2018 winners Northern Warriors, Delhi Bulls, and Bangla Tigers. Group B comprises of 2019 runners-up Deccan Gladiators, Qalandars, Team Abu Dhabi, and Pune Devils.
Pravin Tambe: India’s Franchise cricket freelancer
Pravin Tambe came in the limelight when he made his IPL debut for Rajasthan Royals at the age of 41. In 2014, the leggie picked a hat-trick against Kolkata Knight Riders, for whom he would be picked for the 2020 season.
The Mumbai-born also became the first Indian to play in the Caribbean Premier League– he was part of the title-winning Trinbago Knight Riders team in the 2020 season. He has also played in a T10 competition in Sharjah for the Sindhis where he took 8 wickets in just 4 matches including a five-wicket haul.
Tambe will join international players like Shoaib Malik, who is Arabians’ icon player, short format specialist, Laurie Evans, Bangladeshi duo of Mosaddek Hossain and Taskin Ahmed along with shan Malhotra, Abdul Shakoor and Sompal Kami.
For Indian fans, the Abu Dhabi T10 League will be broadcasted on the Sony Sports Network. They can also live to stream it on the Fancode app.
Here are the icon players of each team:
Qalandars: Shahid Afridi
Team Abu Dhabi: Chris Gayle
Deccan Gladiators: Sunil Narine
Pune Devils: Thisara Perera
Delhi Bulls: Dwayne Bravo
Maratha Arabians: Shoaib Malik
Bangla Tigers: Isuru Udana
Northern Warriors: Andre Russell