Outstation players to play in TNPL

Ending speculation on the subject, Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) secretary, K. S. Viswanathan revealed to Sportstar on Saturday that cricketers registered with the TNCA clubs would be eligible to take part in TNPL.

Piyush Chawla, employed with Chemplast, gets an automatic entry for the TNPL.   -  IPL Sportzpics

The inaugural Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) could feature outstation players after all.

Ending speculation on the subject, Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) secretary, K. S. Viswanathan revealed to Sportstar on Saturday that cricketers registered with the TNCA clubs would be eligible to take part in TNPL.

Viswanathan had received this clarification during the BCCI conclave in Dharamshala; he represented TNCA at the meetings.

He, however, said these registrations would have to be completed before July 11 after which the TNPL player draft begins.

Viswanathan added, “And they will have to be fresh registrations. Even cricketers who were registered with various clubs last year would have to register themselves again.”

The TNCA already has quite a number of competent outstation cricketers playing in the league such as Jayant Yadav, Robin Bist, Sheldon Jackson, Basil Thampi and Ganesh Satish.

And the league will have some more names such as Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Jalaj Saxena and Hardik and Krunal Pandya this season. Every club is allowed two outstation cricketers.

There are also some players like Piyush Chawla, employed with Chemplast, who do not have to register themselves to play in the TNCA league or the TNPL. “Piyush is employed with Chemplast and has served a waiting period. He gets in automatically,” Viswanathan said.

The outstation players would surely add depth, variety and spice to the TNPL.