First Indian cricketer to play in the CPL T20
Another achievement in his colourful career was the addition of 48-year-old Indian legspinner Praveen Tambe. He became the first Indian cricketer to play in the Caribbean Premier League CPL T20. This opened a new door for Indian cricketers in the CPL.
Tambe got a chance in the Trincomalee Knight Riders’ original XI against the St. Lucia Jukes on Wednesday night. But the beginning was not very good. He got a chance to bowl only one over, in which he took 1 wicket at the cost of 15 runs. So there are doubts whether he will get another chance in the next match.
Former India U-19 cricketer Sunny Sohal played in the CPL before Praveen Tamb. Sunny has also played in the IPL for Deccan Chargers, Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore. However, he played for the United States national cricket team before playing for Barbados Tridents in the 2016 CPL.
As a result, Tambe became the first Indian cricketer to play in the CPL, not Sunny. Tambe played in the IPL for the first time in 2013 at the age of 41. He had never played cricket at the senior level before. He holds the record for the oldest debut in the IPL.
Tambe later became the highest wicket-taker in the 2013 Champions League T20 tournament. In the same year, he got a place in the Ranji team of Mumbai. However, he had to say goodbye to Indian cricket to play in the CPL. Because before retiring from cricket, the Indian Cricket Board did not have rules for playing in other countries’ leagues.