Former U-19 World Cup winner seemingly retires from Indian cricket; joins Barbados Tridents for CPL

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Former India U-19 wicketkeeper-batsman Smit Patel has seemingly retired from Indian cricket by joining Barbados Tridents for Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2021. The second Indian to bag a CPL contract, Smit has a decent experience of playing Indian domestic cricket.

Smit had started his domestic career with Gujarat before moving to Tripura and Baroda. The 28-year-old was also part of the 2020/21 season, where he represented Baroda.

The star performer of the 2012 U-19 World Cup final win over Australia, Smit had scored 62* off 84 in the chase to the target of 226. He stitched a match-winning partnership of 130 runs for the 5th wicket with skipper Unmukt Chand (111* off 130).

Smit's decision to play CPL has all but confirmed that he has retired from Indian cricket. As per the BCCI's rules, an Indian player cannot take part in an overseas league until he retires from domestic cricket and IPL. The rule saw the board disallowing Pravin Tambe to play IPL 2020 as he had played a T10 league. Tambe would become the first Indian player to feature in CPL after being picked up by Trinbago Knight Riders.

Smit has played few practice matches of Major Cricket League in USA and the latest development hints that he might have moved there. He has played 55 first-class, 43 List A and 28 T20 matches.

The right-handed batsman never played IPL but got a chance to represent Board President's XI against the visiting West Indies team in a practice match in 2018.

Smit will be playing alongside Chris Morris, Jason Holder, Thisara Perera, Mohammad Amir, Shai Hope and others. The IPL-bound players who are part of CPL will fly to UAE after the T20 league as the BCCI has confirmed that IPL 2021 will resume there. The fixture of the remainder of IPL 2021 will be announced soon.

https://www.timesnownews.com/sports...ricket-joins-barbados-tridents-for-cpl/763449
 
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So an Indian player now going the Sami Aslam way?
 
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