Pravin Tambe, the veteran leg spinner, will not be eligible to play in the Indian Premier League(IPL) that is set to begin on 29th March as he appears to have openly disregarded BCCI policies by featuring in foreign T10 Leagues in Dubai and Sharjah without announcing his retirement.
Brijesh Patel, the new chairman of IPL, confirmed Tambe’s ineligibility. According to the laws of BCCI, an Indian player, who wants to positively play in the IPL, has to stay away from other cash-rich league and also must refrain from participating in other leagues around the world. By sending his name to the T10 drafts and now trying to be a part of IPL is strictly against BCCI protocol, said a BCCI functionary.
At the age of 48, Tambe became the oldest player to be bought in IPL auction that was held in December when two-time winners Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR) snapped him up at a base price of INR 20 Lakhs.
Tambe made His Debut In IPL In 2013
At the age of 41, With a total of 33 matches over four seasons for three different teams, Rajasthan Royals, Gujarat Lions, and Sunrisers Hyderabad, Tambe played in the tournament. The player took 28 wickets out of which 15 wickets were picked up in the 2014 season while turning out of Rajasthan Royals.
Harbhajan Singh hasn’t played for India since 2016 but, who is yet to retire, was the only name from India in the draft for the new league format in England – The Hundred. However, the player took off his name from the list in favor to play for CSK.
Recently, the former player Yuvraj Singh, after his retirement from all forms of the game, featured in the Canada Global T20 league. It remains to be seen whether KKR is going to opt for a replacement player or not.