Shaun Tait becomes a citizen of India, can he play for Indian team?

Noida: Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait who recently got married to Indian model, Mashroom Singha, in 2014, has officially become an overseas citizen of India.Tait first met Mashroom back in 2010 when he was playing for Rajasthan Royals and both dated for four years before tying the knot.

After marrying Mashroom, Tait has acquired an Indian passport, thereby becoming an overseas citizen of the country as the Indian constitution does not permit dual citizenship.

The question that arises is if he can represent the Indian cricket team. Logically the answer is NO. As per ICC rules, a player needs to wait for at least four years after his last international performance to represent another country. The last match when Tait represented Australia was back in January 2016 so he will be eligible to play for India in 2020.

Tait who is also known as “The Wild Thing” is one of the fastest bowlers to have ever played the sport. Tait debut for Australia in 2005, the speedster was often struck down by injuries and due to his inconsistent performance, he failed to cement his place in the Australian team.

Tait took a voluntary retirement in 2008 for an indefinite period of time represented Australia in two Tests, 21 ODIs and 35 T20Is and has picked up a combined total of 91 wickets in all the three formats. The speedster was also a part of the Aussie side that won the 2007 World Cup. 

If cricket fans wish Tait to represent Men in Blue then it could be only possible after 2020, but by then Tait would turn 38, and it would be difficult for him to perform at that age level.