With just 4 days left to #Dream11 IPL 2020, Kolkata Knight Riders have solved one of their biggest puzzles going into the season. After the BCCI disqualified their newbie Pravin Tambe from participating in IPL 2020, KKR is all set to make him a part of coaching staff in IPL 2020.
Knight Riders’ CEO Venky Mysore, on Saturday, confirmed the development over a press conference on Instagram. Pravin Tambe will now work with a new-look KKR spin-bowling attack that features some big names like: Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav; along with some newbies in the form of Varun Chakravarthyamong others.
Pravin Tambe, possibly the oldest active Cricketer at the moment, made history by becoming the oldest player to be bought by an IPL franchise. The 48-year old was snapped by KKR in IPL 2020 Auction at his base price 20L.
However, just a few days later, BCCI disqualified him from IPL 2020 on the grounds of violating BCCI norms. According to BCCI rules, “any active playercan’t participate in foreign Cricket Leagues. For playing in foreign leagues, either the player has to seek the permission of BCCI or he can take part only after the retirement from all forms of cricket.”
But Pravin Tambe, who has not announced his retirement till now, participatedin a T10 League in England in last November and recently, he also represented TKR in CPL 2020. Although he did not play many games in CPL 2020, his electric fielding and a couple of stunners grabbed eyeballs.
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.