The path has been cleared for veteran leg-spinner Pravin Tambe to become the first Indian player to play in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). In order to make himself eligible for the tournament this year, the former Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai spinner has officially announced his retirement, albeit second time having withdrawn on first occasion.
Consequently, the BCCI won’t stop the 48-year old from playing in the tournament. The Indian cricket does not allow its active players to play in overseas T20 leagues. Last year, Yuvraj Singh and Manpreet Gony had to retire from international and domestic cricket in order to play in the Global T20 Canada League.
Pravin Tambe has been picked by Trinbago Knight Riders for the sixth edition of the CPL. A senior Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) official confirmed that the spinner’s current status is “retired”.
“As per the MCA records, his current status is retired. He has recently retired. First he had retired and then he withdrew it and now again he has retired. He has written an e-mail to the MCA in this regard,” the MCA official told PTI on Tuesday.
Previously, there were some doubts about his retirement status as he was earlier suspended for taking part in T10 league after being picked up by Kolkata Knight Riders for 20 lakh at the IPL 2020 auctions.
Pravin Tambe played 33 IPL matches and picked up 28 wickets with an average of 30.5. Meanwhile, the CPL will be played between August 18 and September 10. It will be interesting to see how and when the bowler reaches the Caribbean as the Indian government has already banned international commercial flights till July 31.
In case, the travel ban is extended, Pravin Tambe’s dreams will be dashed. The tournament will be held behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.