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TNPL 2020 likely to be cancelled due to COVID-19

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The Tamil Nadu Premier League’s (TNPL) 2020 is most likely to fall under the list of yet another cancelled tournaments of this year as coronavirus continues to rage.

The TNPL fifth season was at first scheduled to commence from June 10 to July 12, but the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) had postponed the tournament in May, hopeful to host it later in the August-September window.
In the interim, India reported 57,117 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday in the last 24 hours. However, any official announcement of its cancellation remains on the cards. As per the data provided by the Health Ministry, Tamil Nadu is the second-worst affected state with a total of 57,968 active cases and 3,935 deaths. Hence, the TNCA would be forced to postpone the competition due to the situation in the state.

“We were initially looking at an August-September window, but it looks unlikely now. There seems to be no window to host the tournament, but we will make the final decision in the next couple of weeks,” ESPNcricinfo quoted a TNCA official as saying.

Correspondingly, the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 13th edition is scheduled to begin from September 19 in the UAE. Tamil Nadu’s players R Ashwin (Delhi Capitals), Dinesh Karthik (Kolkata Knight Riders), Vijay Shankar (Sunrisers Hyderabad), and M Vijay (Chennai Super Kings) will be out of India.

“The IPL is going to happen now and after the players may return from the IPL, the Ranji Trophy season may begin, so there is no window,” said the TNPL official.

The fourth season of TNPL took place between the 19th of July to 15th of August 2019, in which Chepauk Super Gillies had conquered Dindigul Dragons in the final to lift the 2019 title.

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