State association to BCCI: ‘All are registered players of TNCA

In its reply on the list of players for TNPL, the TNCA has said that since all the outstation cricketers had signed up with the clubs here, they were now registered players of the State association.

N. Srinivasan, president of TNCA, and Bharat Raman, CEO of TNPL, at the unveiling of the new Tamil Nadu Premier League logo in Chennai.   -  K. Pichumani

The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) has sent its reply to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on the issue of outstation cricketers taking part in the TNPL Twenty20 competition.

The BCCI has pointed to a decision taken at its Working Committee meeting sometime back, that barred outstation players from taking part in Twenty20 leagues at various States in the country.

The BCCI had also wanted a list of cricketers who have signed up for the TNPL player draft and asked whether all of them come within the jurisdiction of Tamil Nadu.

In its reply, the TNCA has said that since all the outstation cricketers had signed up with the clubs here, they were now registered players of the State association.

A top TNCA source said: “The BCCI asked whether all the players taking part in TNPL were registered players of the TNCA. We have said ‘yes, they are’. They are a part of the TNCA league sides.”

The source added, “the BCCI wanted a complete list of players and we have sent it to them.”

He said: “If the players can take part in various TNCA tournaments like the TNCA league, V.A. Parthasarathy Trophy and the Venkateshwara Cup, I see no reason why they cannot play in TNPL.”

The source noted, “the BCCI had earlier objected to Karnataka and Goa fielding outstation players in their Twenty20 leagues as guest players. We are not doing that. We are playing them as registered players of TNCA. That’s the difference. We think it should be left to the will of the players.”

With the TNPL Player Draft scheduled for June 23, all eyes are on BCCI’s reply.