TNPL fifth edition to be played in July and August

TNPL fifth edition to be played in July and August

The dates of TNPL 2021 will be finalized soon.

Madurai Panthers
Madurai Panthers. (Photo Source: TNPL)

The fifth edition of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) will be held in the months of July and August. The news was confirmed by a TNPL and the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) officials. The dates are yet to be finalized, but they have zeroed in on the months.

Over the past four seasons, TNPL has given some brilliant cricketers to the Indian team like T Natarajan, Varun Chakravarthy, and Washington Sundar. The league has also gained popularity among the locals and other states due to good cricket being played by the respective teams. Last year though, the tournament could not be played due to the COVID-19 situation. Like many other state leagues, it also got cancelled.

This year, the tournament is set to be back without crowds. The 32 matches will be majorly held in Chennai, with TNCA also shortlisting Coimbatore, Salem, Tirunelveli, and Dindigul as the other venues to host the tournament.

“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 told Cricbuzz.

Tamil Nadu Premier League’s (TNPL) dates and venues to be released soon

With TNCA authorities contemplating on dates and venues, the decision regarding the same will be taken considering all other COVID-19 aspects. The news of TNPL being played this year will come as a shot in the arm to the local players, who now will get a chance to display their skills. Apparently, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in April had given a go-ahead to various state associations to conduct league cricket whilst not clashing with the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The league was first started in 2016, and since then has evolved with teams playing competitive cricket and giving various youngsters an opportunity to express themselves by rubbing shoulders with the likes of Dinesh Karthik, Ravi Ashwin, and Abhinav Mukund. The likes of R Sai Kishore, Narayan Jagadeesan are the products of TNPL.