Pravin Tambe. (TOI Photo)
MUMBAI: The decks are cleared for former Mumbai leg-spinner Pravin Tambe to become first Indian player to play in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) after being picked up by the Trinbago Knight Riders in the players’ draft on Monday.
TOI has learnt that the 48-year-old will get a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the BCCI to play in the CPL since he has retired from first-class cricket.
“He again wrote to us recently, saying that he has retired from first-class cricket. As per the BCCI rules, he’s now free to play in overseas leagues,” a top BCCI official told TOI on Tuesday. It obviously means that Tambe is now ineligible to play for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in this year’s IPL, even though KKR picked him in the auction.
The six CPL franchises have selected their teams for the 2020 tournament which is scheduled to take place from August 18 to September 10. The tournament will be held behind closed doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tambe made his IPL debut at the age of 41, becoming the oldest player to play in the cash-rich league. In a successful IPL career for the Rajasthan Royals, he played 33 IPL matches and took 28 wickets at an average of 30.5.
BCCI, MCA offices reopen
Meanwhile, Maharashtra’s mission ‘Begin Again’ has had an effect on cricket too. As per the norms of the Maharashtra government, the headquarters of the BCCI and MCA at Churchgate, which have been shut since mid-March when coronavirus began to spread in India, were reopened from July 1, with only 10 employees allowed at a time.