Rayudu Becomes St Kitts & Nevis Patriots Marquee Player
NEW DELHI: Former Indian cricketer Ambati Rayudu, renowned for his stints in Indian Premier League (IPL) and international cricket, is all set to make his mark in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) as he joins the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots. This signing is significant as Rayudu will be the marquee player for the team, according to ESPNcricinfo’s report.
Cricket Journey Takes an Intriguing Turn
Rayudu’s cricketing journey took an intriguing turn following his engagement with CSK’s sister franchise, Texas Super Kings, for the inaugural Major Cricket League (MLC) in the USA. However, unexpected changes in the policies of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) forced Rayudu to abstain from participating in the MLC.
- Rayudu’s plans for the MLC were affected by the evolving policies of the BCCI
- The cooling-off period policy, aimed at preventing retired players from immediately participating in overseas leagues, played a role in Rayudu’s decision
BCCI Yet to Announce Stance on Cooling-off Period Policy
The BCCI, India’s cricket governing body, has not yet announced its stance on the proposed cooling-off period policy. If the policy is enacted, it could impact the ability of retired players to engage in foreign leagues shortly after their retirement from active cricket.
Securing a Place in History
If Ambati Rayudu steps onto the field in the CPL, he will secure a distinct place in history as the second Indian cricketer to participate in the tournament. Previously, Pravin Tambe stood as the sole Indian player to have ventured into the Caribbean Premier League.
(With inputs from PTI)