Pravin Tambe, possibly the oldest active Cricketer at the moment, has been disqualified from IPL 2020 after the violation of BCCI norms. Pravin Tambe, the 48 years old leg-spinner made history by becoming the oldest player bought by an IPL franchise when he was snapped by KKR in IPL 2020 Auction at his base price.
But, its looks like Tambe will be ineligible to represent KKR in this year’s IPL 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.
According to a BCCI official, BCCI does not allow any active player to take part in foreign Cricket Leagues. Either any Indian player has to seek the permission of BCCI or he can take part only after the retirement from all forms of cricket.
A BCCI official told IANS, “BCCI rules strictly say that an Indian player has to be exclusively playing in the IPL or he has to stay away from the cash-rich league and participate in other leagues across the globe. To have sent in his name for the T10 draft and now to also be a part of the IPL is clearly against the BCCI protocol. So, he can’t play.”
The leg spinner was bought for INR 20 Lakh by Kolkata Knight Riders and they must have been waiting for the BCCI’s decision on this case. BCCI did not ban the cricketer from IPL auctions in December last year even after the T10 has finished in November only.
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. The leg-spinner made his IPL debut for Rajasthan Royals and then went on torepresent Gujarat Lions and Sun Risers Hyderabad in the following seasons.