Indian leg-spinner Pravin Tambe is set to play in the Caribbean Premier League at 48 years of age as the six franchises announced their teams on Monday.
Tambe has been signed by Trinbago Knight Riders and will become the first Indian to play in the CPL, which is scheduled between August 18 to September 10.
Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan co-owns the Knight Riders franchise, which started its journey in the Indian Premier League as Kolkata Knight Riders in 2008.
The wrist spinner, who played just two first-class matches for his home team Mumbai in 2013-14, was sold to KKR in the IPL auctions in December. Tambe has played 33 IPL matches picking up 28 wickets with an average of 30.5.
But he was forced out of the cash-rich league, which has been indefinitely postponed this year due to the global pandemic, after being disqualified by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for playing in unsanctioned cricket leagues like the T10.
Tambe, who shot to prominence after making his IPL debut at 41 for Rajasthan Royals in 2013, will need a no-objection certificate from the BCCI to make his Caribbean trip, as the governing body doesn’t allow its players to participate in foreign tournaments.
The CPL draft was carried out remotely as teams filled out their rosters with both Caribbean and overseas players including Rashid Khan from Afghanistan and New Zealand's Ross Taylor.
Feature image courtesy: AFP / Indranil Mukherjee