Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders

Pravin Tamble

The 48 year old leg spinner Pravin Tambe has earlier played in the Indian Premier League for the Rajasthan Royals, Gujarat Lions and Sunrisers Hyderabad. Tambe becomes the oldest player to be sold at the auctions in December when two-time champions KKR bought his services at his base price of Rs 20 lakh.

Tambe has already played 33 IPL matches in four seasons between 2013 and 2016. He has featured for three different franchises – Rajasthan Royals, Gujarat Lions and Sunrisers Hyderabad during his IPL stint. The bowler, in his IPL career, has taken 28 wickets, 15 of which came in 2014, when he played for Rajasthan Royals. After being bought by KKR for the 2020 season, Tambe had said that he still feels like a 20-year-old.

Pravin Tambe
Pravin Tambe

Tambe’s talk on IPL 2020

“I still play with a mindset like I am a 20-year-old young,” he had told news agency PTI in December. “I will bring all my experience and energy to the team. And that positivity. I know that I can bring that, even if I’m with them not playing. 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 so long. I’m really excited to play for them,” he had added.

Reason for disqualification 

Tambe will not be participating in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League after being disqualified. IPL governing council chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed the news to Hindustan Times.

“Tambe had initially announced his retirement. But he then came out of his retirement, after which he took part in the Mumbai League. He then went and played in Dubai in T10 League without informing anyone. We have disqualified him from the IPL as he is a current player and he did not take permission from the board.

We have conveyed the decision to Kolkata Knight Riders and they will be allowed a replacement for the disqualified player,” Patel told Hindustan Times over phone.

Tambe became ineligible to feature in the IPL because he had featured in a foreign league (The T10 league in Dubai and Sharjah) without officially announcing his retirement. 

Recently, Harbhajan Singh, who hasn’t worn the Indian blue since 2016 — but is yet to retire — was the only Indian name in the draft for The Hundred — a new league format in England. However, the off-spinner took his name off the list right before the draft in favour of continuing to play for CSK in the IPL. Yuvraj Singh, on the other hand, featured in the Canada Global T20 League after announcing his retirement from all forms of the game.