Indian Premier League 2012 February 18, 2012

Deccan Chargers sign Kenya's Mishra as "Indian"


Deccan Chargers have signed five Indian uncapped cricketers for the 2012 IPL, one of whom is Tanmay Mishra, who plays for Kenya. Mishra, who was born in Mumbai, has never played a first-class or List A game for any Indian side; but a spokesperson for Chargers explained that since he holds an Indian passport*, Mishra is eligible to be bought as an Indian uncapped player.

This also means Mishra will not have to be counted among the four foreign players each franchise is allowed to play in an IPL game.

Chargers have also signed Uttar Pradesh batsman Tanmay Srivastava, who was part of the now dissolved Kochi Tuskers Kerala last year, Orissa batsman Biplab Samantray, Madhya Pradesh medium-pacer TP Sudhindra and 21-year-old Hyderabad opening batsman Akshath Reddy.

Mishra, a 25-year-old middle-order batsman, was one of the few bright spots for Kenya during the 2011 World Cup; he scored two half-centuries, including an innings of 72 against Australia in Bangalore. On the day Chargers announced they had signed him, Mishra scored 70 not out in Kenya's win against Ireland in a World Cricket League Championship in Mombasa.

Reddy and Sudhindra have both earned IPL contracts on the back of impressive Ranji seasons. Sudhindra was the leading wicket-taker in the Elite division with 40 wickets at an average of 18.70. Reddy, in his second season, scored 524 runs at an average of 65.50, with three centuries.

Samantray scored his maiden first-class century in the 2011-12 Ranji season, an innings of 171 against Uttar Pradesh, while Srivastava, at just 22 years old, has already played 45 first-class matches and 26 List A matches, and has six centuries in each format. He played seven matches for Kings XI Punjab spread across the 2008 and 2009 editions of the IPL, but did not have much chance to contribute with the bat.

* February 18, 2012 18:16 GMT: This article said Tanmay Mishra held dual citizenship of India and Kenya. This has been corrected.

Dustin Silgardo is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • B on February 21, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    Congratulations to Mishra. DC just manufactured a loophole!!. India do not allow Dual Citizenship. Closest thing is an OCI (which is a glorified lifelong visa with some perks). Indian citizens acquiring US (or other foreign) citizenship and renouncing Indian citizenship are required to surrender their Indian passports for cancellation and obtain a "Surrender Certificate" which is issued by the Consulate.Penalties will be charged from those passport holders who do not surrender their passports within 3 months of their acquiring foreign citizenship.The Penalty for each such travel to India on Indian Passport after acquiring foreign nationality is US$ 250/-. Please see the provisions in the Passports Act 1967............................................................................... This is probably case of the Author not having all his facts for his story.

  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    its gud to see a kenian player in the ipl who blast the australian bowling attack in the wc.another player is there biplab samantaray who is the highest run getter and highest wicket taker in odisha premiure league(opl) .he is a gud all rounder.he is known as a big hitter in indian domestic cricket.i remember one match in opl he score 169 from 62 ball in a opl t20 match.......

  • Dummy4 on February 19, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    dc hav a great youngster called ashish reddy in the team who played under 19 world cup too and was the only person to represent hyd in under 19 world cup frm recent 1-2 world cups and he has a great strike rate and is an fast bowling allrounder !! if he gets some mathces then he will be a great talent for dc but the foreign captains dont know much abt him hope they giv chance to ashish reddy [not akshay reddy ]

  • Dummy4 on February 19, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    need some scouting / trial camps in Assam. there are guys who needs exposure. But KKR is not doing enough.

  • Gaurav on February 19, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    IPL franchises should remember that this is indian league...first sahara's demands of 5 overseas players and nw this move by DC ....shows that these teams dont care abt talented local indian players..

  • Jayaesh on February 19, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    Apart from Akshat Reddy n T Sudhindra they are all ordinary players ,Tanmaya Mishra Indian citizen or not remains good enough only for Kenya !! anyone who has followed Tanmaya Srivastava for U.P will no that he is limited in his strokeplay and makes Akash Chopra look positively Gilchrist ....Chargers need to find players from there own pocket or there are so many India u-19 or u-21 players to choose from....c'mon chargers get hold of a Indian who can do the scouting for you.

  • Dummy4 on February 19, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    @Anupam Modi: While you are true in that India does not offer dual citizenship, it is unfair to say Mishra should be treated as an overseas player! AFAIK, an OCI entitles a person to majority of the rights of a normal citizen of India. Atleast for the sake of the "Citizen" in the abbreviation OCI, Tanmay should be treated like a domestic player. It opens up doors for Indian origin people in the IPL which would be a great thing in a country where NRIs and OCIs are not quite looked at that favourably.

  • bhargav on February 19, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    @ yougander Yes, Good to see these youngsters! Akshath reddy and lalith mohan were instrumental in restoring hyderabad's position back to the elite league. Tanmay, sudhindra etc are good but I guess DC has been picking too many players from outside their zone rather than looking at their own back yard.

  • Dummy4 on February 19, 2012, 2:13 GMT

    This is very good selection of tanmay mishra as indian home player!! He will be a handy addition to the team and wont take a overseas player spot.

  • Tim on February 19, 2012, 1:59 GMT

    Awesome, good luck Mishra. Great to see the associate players get some credit when they put in good performances. And is says nothing about dual-citizenship in the article, it says he holds an Indian passport because he was born there.

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