According to reports, the fifth edition of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) is all set to happen this year and it will be held between July-August. A TNPL and Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) official confirmed that the tentative dates for the tournament have been set from July 19 to August 15, and the organizers are waiting for the government’s green light.
The TNCA has narrowed down to Tirunelveli, Dindigul, Coimbatore, and Salem in Chennai as the venues for hosting the matches of the eight-team tournament, however, that is subject to change based on the state government’s advice. The 32-game event will be played behind closed doors.
“We are planning three phases for the league. We intend to start the league in Chennai because the Covid cases are down in the city. Basing on the government’s approval, the matches will be held in two other venues and we will come back to Chennai for the final,” the TNPL official said. An official announcement on the exact dates and venues is expected to be out in a couple of days.
Tamil Nadu Premier League was originally set to roll out on June 4 and last till July 4 across four cities in a bio-secure environment. However, the rise in the COVID-19 crisis led to the postponement of the event.
However, the tournament is set to resume as an outcome of the Apex Council Meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in April. In the meeting, the BCCI decided to give a go-ahead to the state associations to host the leagues while abiding by the rules laid down by the national cricket governing body. Furthermore, BCCI also asserted that the leagues should not clash with the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The eight teams participating in the league include Chepauk Super Gillies, Lyca Kovai Kings, Dindigul Dragons, Trichy Warriors (formerly Ruby Kanchi Warriors), iDream Tiruppur Tamizhans (formerly Karaikudi Kaalai), Siechem Madurai Panthers (formerly Madurai Super Giant), Salem Spartans (formerly Tuti Patriots)and Nellai Royal Kings (formerly VB Thiruvallur Veerans). Super Gillies are the current defending champions.