CoA against the outstation players featuring in state T20 leagues
The third edition of TNPL is set to begin on July 11.
Updated - Jul 6, 2018 1:22 pm
The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has sent out an e-mail to all the state associations in which they have instructed them not to allow outstation players in the T20 leagues. This step from them comes a day after the players’ draft event of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) for the cricketers outside the state was held on Wednesday.
Only the players who were not the part of any team in the Indian Premier League (IPL) were up for grabs as a total of 16 players were drafted into the different teams. But the latest mail from CoA might hamper their preparations as their main focus is to bar the participation of outside players in the upcoming third edition of TNPL which is set to commence on July 11.
CoA’s strict instructions
In its e-mail, CoA has strictly mentioned that they will disapprove the tournament if the outstation players are not excluded from the league immediately for the upcoming season. “Please note that in the event of your failure to comply with the aforesaid, the third edition of the TNPL may be declared as an “Unapproved Tournament” as provided in the Rules and Regulations of the BCCI,” the point number 6 in the mail read according to Times Now.
The same issue was the bone of contention last year as well with the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) being adamant on drafting in the players outside the state. But the BCCI had its way in the end as they were forced to not include such players.
This season will witness the players like R Ashwin and Murali Vijay even as Dinesh Karthik will also take part if he is not selected in the Test squad for England tour. Also, there is no clarity over the participation of the star player of the league last season, Washington Sundar, who has been ruled out of the ongoing T20I series due to the foot injury.