New Delhi: Mumbai and Rajastahn Royals leg-spinner Praveen Tambe may attract disciplinary action for reportedly playing alongside banned Bangladesh cricketer Mohammad Ashraful in a T20 tournament in the United States of America (USA).
According to a report in ESPNCricinfo, the 43-year-old Indian Premier League (IPL) regular took part in a private Twenty20 game in the Laurel Hill Cricket tournament in New Jersey. However, Tambe said that he was unaware of Ashraful's involvement in the game until he entered the field.
"I had no idea it was an official tournament. I had just gone there to visit my friends in the US for a week of holidays and I was enjoying. I did not even have a kit with me. I was told it was a practice match. When I went to the ground I realised it was Twenty20 match. Till I went into the ground and stood at my fielding position I had no clue that he [Ashraful] was also playing. Even my friends did not know. They were told that some other friend had got him," the report quoted Tambe as saying.
Tambe turned up for South Gujarat CC Jrs against Jersey Bulls in the T20 match on July 27, which they won by 36 runs. The website of Laurel Hill Cricket also mentioned Harshal Patel of Royal Challengers Bangalore as one of the stars in the tournament, besides Tambe. However, Patel did not participate in any of the matches and was only playing in a tournament in India. Elias Sunny and Nadif Chowdhury, both contracted first-class Bangladesh cricketers, also took part in the match.
The report also said that Tambe, who has represented Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy, did not seek Mumbai Cricket Association's (MCA) permission to take part in the tournament.
Ashraful, 31, was banned from all forms of cricket for eight years after he and eight other individuals were charged with corruption during the second season of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) in 2013. The ban was later reduced to five years after the former Bangladesh captain had admitted to his role in the fixing controversy to a disciplinary panel.
In between, an International Cricket Council (ICC) official has reportedly said that they will will look into the matter, if the players have indeed violated any code of conduct by playing alongside or against a banned player.