Tamil Nadu Premier League – Cricket fans from the South Indian state is brimming with excitement about the eight-team extravaganza which is going to start from 24th August.
The brainchild of former BCCI supremo and the current TNCA President, N Srinivasan, the TNPL will be hoping to emulate and even better the success of the Karnataka Premier League which has emerged as the premier state-wise T20 tournament in the country helping unearth talented youngsters who have gone on to represent the national side and the India A side.
The upcoming cricketers in the state will get a chance to lock horns with established international stars like Murali Vijay and Dinesh Karthik.
Let’s have a brief look at all the eight teams which will be competing over 31 matches at three venues in the inaugural edition of the TNPL.
1. Tuti Patriots
Owner: Thoothukudi Sports and Entertainment Private Limited
Players: Dinesh Karthik (Captain), 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
2. Dindigul Dragons
Owner: Take Solutions Limited
Players: Ravichandran Ashwin (Captain), 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.
3. Lyca Kovai Kings
Owner: Lyca Productions Private Limited
Players: Murali Vijay (Captain), 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.
4. Madurai Super Giants
Owner: Kothari (Madras) International Limited
Coach: Michael Bevan
Players: Arun Karthick (Captain), 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.
5. Ruby Kanchi Warriors
Owner: Ruby Builders and Promoters
Mentor: Brett Lee
Players: Indrajith B (Captain), 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
6. VB Thiruvallur Veerans
Owner: VB Cricket Academy
Players: Aparjith B (Captain), 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.
7. Karaikudi Kaalai
Owner: Chettinad Apparels Private Limited
Coach: Robin Singh
Players: Badrinath (Captain), 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.
8. Chepauk Super Gillies
Owner: Metronation Chennai Television Private Limited
Players: R Sathish (Captain), 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.
(Note: Watch live TNPL cricket matches only on Star Sports channels)