Smit Patel Joins Barbados Tridents For CPL
Smit Patel, the player who won India the Under-19 World Cup, has decided to step down from Indian Cricket by joining Barbados Tridents for the Caribbean Premier League 2021. The 28-year-old Cricketer is the second Indian to bag a CPL contract. However, he is well experienced in playing Indian domestic cricket.
When India’s Under-19 team won the World Cup in Townsville in 2012, Smit Patel was part of the team. During the finals, Smit Patel had a century partnership with Captain Unmukt Chand and gave India Victory. As a result, India was able to defeat Australia to win the Under-19 World Cup title.
Smits’ domestic career journey had started with Gujarat before moving to Tripura and Baroda. Also, he was part of the 2020/21 season where he was representing Baroda. Smit has decided to retire at the age of 28 to play in the cricket league held outside India. The BCCI has made a rule stating that no Indian Cricketer plays foreign cricket unless they retire. Because of this, Patel has been forced to retire. By distancing himself from Indian cricket, he will rebuild his career by going to America.
Other than Smit, the Indian Cricketer joining Barbados, the other Indian Cricketer to feature in the CPL is Tambe, the first Indian picked. Trinbago Knight Riders picked Tambe during the CPL 2020. However, the rule made by the BCCI saw the board disallowing Pravin Tambe to play IPL 2020 as he had played a T10 league.
Smit has played a few matches of Major Cricket League in the USA, and there are hints that he may have moved there. He has played 55 first-class, 43 List A, and 28 T20 matches. Unfortunately, he did not get a chance to represent Board President’s XI against the visiting West Indies team in a practice match in 2018.
Meanwhile, Smit is going to play in the CPL Cricket even after retiring. He has been included by the Barbados Tridents, which is captained by Jason Holder. CPL 2021 schedule is ought to start in August and held in St Kitts and Nevis. As for now, he has scored 708 runs in 28 T20 matches and has also clinched 24 wickets.
Playing alongside Smit, the U-19 wicketkeeper-batsman Smit Patel will be Chris Morris, Thisara Perera, Mohammad Amir, Shai Hope, and Azam Khan. Those participants who are in IPL and are still part of CPL will fly to UAE after the t20 league as the BCCI has confirmed that IPL 2021 will continue. The CPL tournament was previously supposed to begin on August 28 and end on September 19, but because the IPL will resume, the CPL will start on August 25 and end on September 15.
The players retained include core players such as Jason Holder, Johnson Charles, Shai Hope, Kyle Mayers, and pacer Oshane Thomas from the Jamaica Tallawahs.
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