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Pravin Tambe picked up in CPL draft, set to be first Indian to play in league

Pravin Tambe will become the first Indian to play in the CPL if he makes it into playing XI of Kieron Pollard-led Trinbago Knight Riders.

Written by Rahul Sadhu | Updated: July 6, 2020 9:43:34 pm
Pravin Tambe, Pravin Tambe cpl, caribbean premier league, india pravin tambe, cpl draft, cpl 2020, cricket news Pravin Tambe has played for the Rajasthan Royals in IPL. (Source: File Photo/BCCI)

Pravin Tambe was drafted to play in the Caribbean Premier League by Trinbago Knight Riders on Monday. The 48-year-old spinner will become the first Indian to play at the CPL if he makes it into the Kieron Pollard-led side’s playing XI.

Tambe had entered his name into the CPL draft after he was disqualified from IPL 2020 by the BCCI.

“I am fit and since the BCCI does not allow me to take part in its competitions why shouldn’t I play in other leagues. I am eligible to play outside and got picked by TKR. I will also take all necessary precautions and follow protocols before going there,” Tambe had told indianexpress.com last week.

“I am working on my physical fitness at home and so yes definitely looking forward to this edition,” added Tambe who is the oldest player in the draft.

Tambe, who played for IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals between 2013 and 2015, has also plied his services in the T10 league.

In the 2020 IPL auction, Kolkata Knight Riders bagged him but he was later forced to withdraw after the Indian cricket board pulled him up for playing in unsanctioned cricket leagues like the T10.

Tambe will be joined by hard-hitting Railways and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batsman Asad Pathan. 36-year-old Pathan, who hails from Gujarat, is part of the draft without a base price.

The CPL is scheduled to be held between August 18 and September 10 behind closed doors in Trinidad & Tobago, after permission from the local government.

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