Pravin Vijay Tambe made his debut in the Indian Premier League at the age of 41 and is popularly known as the oldest IPL player in history. The right armed bowler, wanted to become a fast bowler when he was young but his Orient Shipping Captain, Ajay Kadam asked him to bowl leg-spin. Pravin Tambe never played for his city but was selected for the IPL. For someone who never even got a chance to play first-class cricket and has worked hard all these years in Dr. HD Kanga Memorial Cricket League, it is a terrific story” says Rahul Dravid.
Tambe successfully took an incredible hat trick in May 2014 against Kolkata Knight Riders which brought him massive fame. He also earned the man of the match award for that. For the first time in the 2014 IPL tournament only, Pravin Tambe earned the purple cap as he was the highest wicket taker in the tournament. Tambe, in 2017, joined the Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders, in 2020.
Ups and downs are a part of any sportsman’s life and a 48-year-old player has had a very interesting, happening life and career. Recent news about Tambe has been about his selection in the Caribbean Premier League by the Trinbago Knight Riders. The spinner will be the first Indian to play at the CPL if he makes it into Kieron Pollard led side’s playing XI.
Although the KKR bagged him in the 2020 IPL auction, the ICC pulled him out of it for having played in unsanctioned cricket leagues, like the T10.
The CPL or the franchise is yet to officially make an announcement with respect to the players picked in the draft. “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,” said Pravin Tambe. So this clearly indicates Tambe’s journey has just started and it’s a long way to go. He’s all prepared for the game.
However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tournament will be held behind closed doors between 18th August to 10 September. The CPL franchises have selected their teams for the 2020 tournament. A CPL statement also reads that the six teams have already filled out their rosters with the Caribbean as well as overseas players like Rashid Khan, Marcus Stoinis, Ross Taylor, Carlos Braithwaite, and Tambe and that the draft had been carried out remotely.
Tambe said that he wasn’t in a position to speak when contacted by the IANS. Further, Tambe will need a no-objection certificate from the Board of control for cricket in India to play in the Caribbean Premier League.
Despite the fact that the BCCI does not allow any active Indian players to play at other private leagues outside India and that Tambe’s retirement status is quite controversial, what happens in the spinner’s career shall be seen in the near future.