The 48-year-old Pravin Tambe scripted history in the recently held Indian Premier League auctions when he became the oldest cricketer to win an elusive contract when he was racked up by the Shahrukh Khan-led Kolkata Knight Riders at his base price of Rs 20 Lakh.
Tambe has been a veteran of the cash-rich league after having played for the likes of Rajasthan Royals in the initial part of the 2010s, but his participation in the upcoming edition could land into hot waters after it has emerged that the spinner participated in the T10 League last year in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
Tambe had even bagged a hat-trick in the tournament. In the first game of the tournament, the leg-spinner dismissed Eoin Morgan, Kieron Pollard, and Fabian Allen on three successive deliveries. Besides that Tambe also claimed the wicket of Chris Gayle in the same over and he followed it up with another scalp in the form of Upul Tharanga in his very next over to finish with barely believable figures of 2-0-15-5.
According to the rules laid down by the Board of control for Cricket in India, no contracted Indian player can participate in any T10 or T20 franchise-based tournaments around the world. The chairman of the IPL Governing Council Brijesh Patel asserted the same to Mid-day when he said”The rule is clear that they [the players] cannot participate in any T20 or T10 tournaments if he is a [BCCI] registered player.
Patel added, “They can only play in one-day, three-day or four-day cricket like county cricket or maybe in Bangladesh, but that permission has to be taken from the state association and the BCCI. We are looking into this [Tambe matter],” Patel said from Bangalore.
As per Patel, the matter will be taken seriously, post-which a course of action on Tambe will be decided. Patel said: “Let us see, I don’t know the exact situation. We are trying to get some more information. I want to get proper facts and then only [we can decide].
Pravin Tambe’s participation in last years T10 can jeopardize his IPL 2020 stint
Meanwhile, Pravin Tambe, who also took a hat-trick in last year’sT10 competition, feels that even though his 48, he still feels like a 20-year-old in his mind.
“I am still a 20-year-old in my mind. People say many things but I keep doing my job and put in a lot of hard work. I will like to do well in whatever role given to me, be it in fielding or bowling. It’s not to prove anything. If that was the case, I could not have played for this long. I’m really excited to play for them,” Pravin Tambe said as quoted by Hindustan Times.
Tambe had also thanked the management at KKR for giving him this opportunity and had also assured of vindicating their support by putting in match-winning performances, “KKR must have seen something in me to have bought me. I’m grateful to KKR team management. I want to give them back. If you get the support, you can go a long way,” he added.
But, with the T10 controversy flaring up, it remains to be seen whether Tambe will even be allowed to play in the IPL. Overall in 38 IPL games, the veteran leg-spinner has claimed 28 wickets at 30.46 and an economy if 7.75.
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