Pravin Tambe is all set to become one of the oldest players in the Caribbean Premier League’s draft this year. After an inevitable delay by CoViD-19, the CPL 2020 is all set to get rolling from mid-August subjected to permission from the local government. The (CPL) organisers are keen to organising the tournament in Trinidad and for that, they have already submitted a proposal to the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago.
This year’s CPL will be a league to watch out as it might the first big tournament after CoViD-19 pandemic. The player’s draft of CPL this year will be a virtual one with as many as 537 players registering for the bid.
After some of the big names like- Chris Lynn, Rashid Khan, Qais Ahmad and Rilee Rossouw have already been snapped up by franchises, this year’s draft will feature the likes of former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi (listed in the highest bracket- USD 1,60,000), England’s limited overs captain Eoin Morgan (listed in USD 1,30,000 bracket), Tom Banton, Tim Southee and Ben Cutting (all in the USD 1,10,000 bracket).
Apart from these, South African stars Faf du Plessis & David Miller, mystery spinners Mohammad Nabi, Sandeep Lamichhane & Mujeeb Ur Rahman, pace machine Kagiso Rabada & Shaheen Shah Afridi, all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite, will also feature in the player’s draft.
Pravin Tambe and Asad Pathan are the only two Indian’s in the draft. Tambe, the 48 years old leg-spinner, recently, made history by becoming the oldest player bought by an IPL franchise when KKR snapped him in IPL 2020 Auction at his base price last December.
However, later on, Tambe was deemed ineligible to represent KKR IPL 2020 for taking part in a T10 League in England. The veteran leg-spinner represented Sindhis in the tournament. Where he picked eight wickets in four matches at an average of 8.25, an economy just above 9. Tambe finished the T10 league as its sixth-highest wicket-taker. In addition, according to the BCCI’s rule, an Indian player cannot take part in foreign leagues unless he has retired from IPL and international Cricket.
Pravin Tambe last represented Gujarat Lions in the IPL 2016. In four seasons (2013-2016) of the IPL, Tambe has 28 wickets to his name in 33 matches at an average of 30.46 and an economy rate of 7.75 and a strike rate of 23.57. On the other hand, 36-year-old Asad Pathan has represented the Royal Challengers Bangalore in past and recently also played the T10 in Dubai.