Pravin Tambe
Pravin Tambe (Credits: IPL)

Last Update on: January 13th, 2020 at 12:09 pm

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Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have suffered yet another blow as their senior leg-spinner Pravin Tambe will not be allowed to take part in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League. As per a report in The Times of India, Tambe will not be able to play the league due to his participation in the Abu Dhabi T10 league.

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As per BCCI’s rules, only players who have retired from Indian cricket, including IPL, can take part in the T20 league. Since Tambe played the T10 league, he isn’t eligible to play IPL. BCCI’s officials probably didn’t know that Tambe had played the T10 league, the reason why his name was included in the list.

Aakash Chopra, Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh (Credits: BCCI)

It is to be noted that many Indian players do not know BCCI’s retirement rule. Last year, Irfan Pathan had decided to enter the Caribbean Premier League draft but had to withdraw after being informed about the rules. Harbhajan Singh had also entered The Hundred’s draft last year but he too had to withdraw his name as he continues to play IPL.

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Yuvraj Singh, who announced his retirement in June last year, was only allowed to play Global T20 Canada and Abu Dhabi T10 League after he had announced his retirement from Indian cricket. There are several other Indian players who have played in the foreign leagues and they are now not allowed to play IPL.

Chris Green
Chris Green (Credits: Twitter)

Tambe’s absence is the second blow to KKR as they are likely to miss out on the services of Chris Green in the initial stage of the league. Green was banned by Cricket Australia for 90 days for having a suspect action.
He is allowed to bowl in IPL but it is unlikely that BCCI would allow him to take part in the league before he completes his ban period.

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BCCI will also now allow KKR to pick a replacement for Tambe as the board had erred by including Tambe’s name on the auction list