Kolkata Knight Riders purchase, Pravin Tambe became the oldest cricketer to bag an IPL contract at 48 has been announced “ineligible” to play in the new edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), according to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The cricket governing body of the cash-rich league ruled out the spinner due to his participation in a T10 league for the Sindhis in 2018 at UAE.
The IPL chairman, Brijesh Patel confirmed that Tambe “won’t be allowed to play IPL”. As written in the BCCI rules, the board only allows retired players to feature in overseas leagues. Tambe did retire in 2018 to play in the said league, however, he reinstate his retirement the following year to play for Mumbai T20 League and registered himself for the IPL auction.
“The board only allows players to play in one day, three day, four day and county cricket and each player has to seek BCCI and respective state association’s no-objection certificate,” Patel added. “He has been disqualified from the tournament and we have already informed Knight Riders about it and they will be given a replacement. Tambe retired in 2018 and later withdrew it. But he did not inform the Board.”
Mumbai-based spinner has participated in 33 IPL matches under three different franchises between 2013 and 2016 – Rajasthan Royals, Gujarat Lions and Sunrisers Hyderabad. He took a total of 28 wickets, 15 of which came in 2014, when he played for Rajasthan Royals. Tambe dismissed 28 batsmen in 33 matches at an average of 30.46, an economy rate of 7.75 and a strike rate of 23.57.
“I still play with a mindset like I am a 20-year-old young,” Tambe had told in an interview after singing for KKR. “I will bring all my experience and energy to the team. And that positivity. I know that I can bring that, even if I’m with them not playing. I will like to do well in whatever role given to me be it in fielding or bowling. It’s not to prove anything,” he added.
When asked how Tambe, who last played the IPL in 2018, was able to register himself for the IPL auctions, one official said, “As per the Board’s rule, no current player can feature in overseas leagues. If they have to play the county championship, they need to attain NOC from BCCI and state units.” KKR and Tambe is yet to release a comment in the decision.
The start of the new season was announced to be on March 29, while the final of the tournament will be played on May 24 to be played both in Mumbai, the home ground of the defending champions Mumbai Indians.
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