It is a well-known fact that BCCI does not permit the Indian cricketers to partake in foreign T20 leagues. While other cricketing boards freely allow their players to play worldwide, the BCCI has imposed restrictions, especially contracted ones, owing to injury concerns and international commitments throughout the year.
In recent times, the likes of Robin Uthappa and Wasim Jaffer have urged the Indian Board to allow at least the non-contracted players to feature in competitions other than IPL. And certain Indian cricketers have managed to attain the NOC from the BCCI to participate in the foreign T20 tournaments.
We take a look at four Indian cricketers who participated in foreign T20 tournaments:
Veteran leg-spinner Pravin Tambe went unsold in the 2018 and 2019 IPL auctions as Sunrisers Hyderabad decided to release him. Pravin Tambe went on to ply his trade in the T10 league in the UAE in 2018, taking eight wickets in four games, including a fifer while featuring for the Sindhis.
While Kolkata Knight Riders secured Tambe’s services ahead of the 2020 IPL season, the BCCI disqualified him. It was because he came out of retirement and played in Mumbai and T10 league without informing them or taking permission. Currently, the 48-year old plays for Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League, becoming the oldest and the first Indian player in CPL.