Kenya's Mishra, a 'domestic player' for DC in IPL

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Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 17:07 [IST]
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Indo-Kenyan Mishra plays for DC

Jaipur, Apr 18: Deccan Chargers' Tanmay Mishra who is currently playing in the IPL, has dual citizenship, though he represented Kenya in the World Cup 2011, is playing in the cash-rich league as an Indian cricketer.

The talented youngster was included in Deccan Chargers' playing XI for Tuesday's clash against Rajasthan Royals, as he was considered as a 'domestic player'.

According to the rules, teams can pick four overseas players, but in Tuesday's clash, Deccan Chargers played five "overseas" players including Tanmay Mishra (who is an Indian by birth, but played for Kenya in 2011 WC).

Chargers played skipper Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka), J P Duminy (South Africa), Daniel Christian (Australia) and Dale Steyn (South Africa).

Though he played for another country, Deccan Chargers signed him as a 'domestic player' since he had a 'dual citizenship'.

An aggressive middle-order batsman, Tanmay Mishra made his debut for Kenya against Zimbabwe in the year 2006. After enrolling in an Indian university, he could not play for the next three years.

He returned to the side in 2010 and was recently inlcuded in the playing XI against Ireland at Mombasa on Feb 20, while he was also a part of the T20 squad that played against Ireland in Dubai recently.

There are possibilities of acquiring overseas citizenships if people are of Indian origin, as they can apply for the Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card or the People of Indian Origin (PIO) card.

The two cards have been merged now, to help a visa-free travel to the country, with respect to residence and participation in business and educational activities in India.

Though India doesn't allow dual citizenship, the person should be able to get a form of dual citizenship from his current country of citizenship.

Since the middle-order batsman has got a dual citizenship, he is considered to be a domestic player, though he plays for Kenya at the international level.


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