TNCA lauches Tamil Nadu Premier League
Albert Tuti Patriots win inaugural TNPL title
Tamil Nadu is set to become the second state in India to host its very own cricket league, following the grand success of the sport on the national stage. They will follow the footsteps of the Karnataka Premier League Twenty20 tournament that has been played since 2009. ACA as well planning to launch APL, an Andhra based cricket league. The competition will be played from August 27 featuring big stars like R Ashwin (picked up by Dindigul), Murali Vijay (picked up by Coimbatore), L Balaji & Dinesh Karthik who both play for Thoothukudi. The Tamil Nadu Premier League tickets are available online on BookmyShow.
According to the latest update, eight teams will participate in the competition with each team playing all other sides once apiece in the tournament. That makes it a total of 28 games during the round-robin, league stage of the TNPL before the top four sides in the tournament qualify for the knock-out stage. The knock-out round will see the top four sides make it to the semi-finals, with the winner of the two semi-finals playing in the final.
The idea behind the league is to give the state players a chance to showcase their talents, in addition to luring in more crowds to the stadiums. Moreover, the tournament is also expected to give the cricket in state a huge developmental boost.
Similar to the Indian Premier League, there will be eight franchises representing the cities of Tamil Nadu who will be participating in the tournament. The complete list of squads for the Tamil Nadu Premier League TNPL 2016 is placed below.
8 TNPL Teams
The final players list for the eight franchises is as follows;
Thoothukudi: Dinesh Karthik, L Balaji, Washington Sunder, Aswinathisayaraj Dav Crist, Abhinav Mukund, Aushik Srinivas, Kaushik Gandhi, Anand Subramanian, Akash Sumra, Sathyanarayan R, Sushil U, Ganesh Moorthi M, Athisayaraj Davidson, Maaruthi Raghav, Vishaal R, Siddarth S Ahuja, Lakshman V, Nathan SP, Nicul Anand
Chepauk: R Sathish, Yo Mahesh, Thalaivan Sargunam, Anthony Dhas, Gopinath, Sai Kishore, Sasidev, Joel Joseph, Tamil Kumaran, Alaxander R, Vasanth Saravanan S, Rahul B, Ashwath Mukunthan, Karthik S, Rajeel Abdul Rahman, Nirmal Kumar, Vasudevan, Aditya Barooah, Shibi Jawahar
Coimbatore: Murali Vijay, Syed Mohammed, Mohammed M, Suryap Prakash L, Vijay Shankar, Siva Kumar, Rohith R, Vignesh K, Anirudh Sita Ram, Ajith Ram, Harish Kumar, Akshay V Srinivasan, Arun B, Anchit D, Kamalesh M, Tarun Srinivas, Adhithya Giridhar, Gowtham Thamarai
Madurai: Arun Karthick, Suresh Kumar, Thiyagarajan, Francis Rokins, Chandrasekar, Vignesh Ganapathi, Raja M, Shijit Chandran, Vignesh L, Maan K Bafna, Muruganantham S, Aswin Kumar, Amarnath, Varun Narendar, Sakthi P, Anton Andrew Subikshan, Mihir R, Edward Kennedy, Madhu C
Kancheepuram: Indrajith B, Koushik J, Jesuraj R, Shahrukh Khan M, Bharath Shankar, Prathiban, Varun Kumar, Prabhu M, Kaushik J, Ganesh L, Adithya Ganesh, Siddharth S, Suthesh T, Nilesh Subramanian, Akkil Srinaath, Pradosh Ranjan Paul, Mitchell Anthony, Trilok Nag, Aditya B
Tiruvallur: Aparjith B, Abhishek Tanwar, Rahil S Shah, Kavin R, Chaturved NS, Malolan Rangarajan, Rohit R, Jaganath Sinivas, Vignesh GV, Sanjay Yadav, Arun S, Samruddh Bhat, Hari Nishaanth, Lakshminarayanan, Govindaraj, Silambarasan, Mukilesh, Samuel S, Santosh Shiv
Dindigul: R Ashwin, Ashwin M, Natarajan, Sanjay MS, Jagadeesan N, Ganga Sridhar Raju, Subramania Siva, Sunny Kumar Singh, Mukunth, Wilkins Victor, Ashwin Venkataraman, Shyam Sundar, Dinesh S, Yazh Arul Mozhi, Prashant Prabhu, Abhishek, Vivek, Adithya Arun, Silambarasan
Karaikudi: Badrinath, Aniruda, Sunil Sam, Suresh Babu, Lokeshwar, Ganapathi Chandrasekar, Shoaib MD Khan, Vishal Vaidhya, Sonu Yadav, Rajkumar, Mohan Prasath, Vijay Kumar, Abhinav M, Jerome A, Srinivasan R, Kiran Akash, Sujay S, Swaminathan S, Shahjahan.
More than 15 companies participated in the bidding to get the rights to own the franchises, out of which eight made it through. Metronation Chennai Television will own the South Chennai team, while Lyca Productions will have a major say in the affairs of the Coimbatore side. Take Solutions Limited and Chettinad Apparels Pvt Ltd. got the rights to own the franchises from Dindugal and Karaikudi respectively. The Madurai team will be owned by Kothari Madras International Limited and Thiruvallur team will be governed by VB Cricket Academy.
Ruby Builders and Promoters have got the rights for Kancheepuram side, while Thoothukudi Sports and Entertainment Private Limited made the largest bid at a whooping Rs. 5.13 Crore for the Thoothukudi team.
The teams will be split in two groups of four, with the tournament set to feature a total of 27 matches. The broadcasting rights of the event has been obtained by STAR India who will show all the matches.
Tamil Nadu Premier League 2016 Schedule
|Match No||Date||Time||TNPL Schedule||Venue|
|1||24-Aug||6.30 pm||Albert Tuti Patriots vs Chepauk Super Gillies||MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai|
|2||25-Aug||6.30 pm||VB Thiruvallur Veerans vs Karaikudi Kaalai||NPR College Ground, Dindigul|
|3||26-Aug||6.30 pm||LYCA Kovai Kings vs Ruby Kanchi Warriors||MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai|
|4||27-Aug||2.30 pm||Dindigul Dragons vs Madurai Super Giants||NPR College Ground, Dindigul|
|5||28-Aug||2.30 pm||Chepauk Super Gillies vs Karaikudi Kaalai||NPR College Ground, Dindigul|
|6||29-Aug||6.30 pm||Madurai Super Giants vs VB Thiruvallur Veerans||NPR College Ground, Dindigul|
|7||30-Aug||6.30 pm||Dindigul Dragons vs Ruby Kanchi Warriors||MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai|
|8||31-Aug||6.30 pm||LYCA Kovai Kings vs Albert Tuti Patriots||MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai|
|9||1-Sep||6.30 pm||VB Thiruvallur Veerans vs Dindigul Dragons||India Cements Company Ground, Tirunelveli|
|10||2-Sep||6.30 pm||LYCA Kovai Kings vs Madurai Super Giants||India Cements Company Ground, Tirunelveli|
|11||3-Sep||2.30 pm||Karaikudi Kaalai vs Albert Tuti Patriots||India Cements Company Ground, Tirunelveli|
|12||3-Sep||6.30 pm||Ruby Kanchi Warriors vs Chepauk Super Gillies||MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai|
|13||4-Sep||6.30 pm||Albert Tuti Patriots vs Dindigul Dragons||India Cements Company Ground, Tirunelveli|
|14||5-Sep||6.30 pm||Ruby Kanchi Warriors vs VB Thiruvallur Veerans||India Cements Company Ground, Tirunelveli|
|15||5-Sep||2.30 pm||Chepauk Super Gillies vs LYCA Kovai Kings||India Cements Company Ground, Tirunelveli|
|16||6-Sep||6.30 pm||Karaikudi Kaalai vs Madurai Super Giants||MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai|
|17||7-Sep||6.30 pm||Albert Tuti Patriots vs VB Thiruvallur Veerans||NPR College Ground, Dindigul|
|18||8-Sep||6.30 pm||Chepauk Super Gillies vs Dindigul Dragons||NPR College Ground, Dindigul|
|19||9-Sep||2.30 pm||Madurai Super Giants vs Ruby Kanchi Warriors||NPR College Ground, Dindigul|
|20||9-Sep||6.30 pm||Karaikudi Kaalai vs LYCA Kovai Kings||MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai|
|21||10-Sep||2.30 pm||Madurai Super Giants vs Chepauk Super Gillies||NPR College Ground, Dindigul|
|22||10-Sep||6.30 pm||VB Thiruvallur Veerans vs LYCA Kovai Kings||MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai|
|23||11-Sep||2.30 pm||Dindigul Dragons vs Karaikudi Kaalai||NPR College Ground, Dindigul|
|24||11-Sep||6.30 pm||Ruby Kanchi Warriors vs Albert Tuti Patriots||NPR College Ground, Dindigul|
|25||12-Sep||6.30 pm||Chepauk Super Gillies vs VB Thiruvallur Veerans||MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai|
|26||13-Sep||2.30 pm||LYCA Kovai Kings vs Dindigul Dragons||India Cements Company Ground, Tirunelveli|
|27||13-Sep||6.30 pm||Albert Tuti Patriots vs Madurai Super Giants||MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai|
|28||14-Sep||6.30 pm||Ruby Kanchi Warriors vs Karaikudi Kaalai||India Cements Company Ground, Tirunelveli|
|29||16-Sep||6.30 pm||Dindigul Dragons vs TUTI Patriots, 1st Semi Final||India Cements Company Ground, Tirunelveli|
|30||17-Sep||6.30 pm||Chepauk Super Gillies vs Lyca Kovai Kings, 2nd Semi Final||MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai|
|31||18-Sep||6.30 pm||TUTI Patriots vs Chepauk Super Gillies TNPL Final||MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai|