The third edition of the Tamil Nadu Premier League will commence from July 11 and will go on for close to a month. While the final schedule has not been finalised, the players draft will be held on May 31, giving teams more than 40 days to prepare for the T20 tournament.
The erstwhile Madurai Super Giant team, which has new owners in Siechem Industries Pvt Ltd, will henceforth be known as Siechem Madurai Panthers.
Earlier in May, the eight teams were allowed to retain a maximum of three players as part of the retention policy, with the rest of the players going back to the draft pool.
The order of the draft will go from the franchise that bid the highest to acquire the team two years ago, to the lowest. The teams were allowed to retain one international, one domestic (two in case the team did not have an international player) and one uncapped player.
The order will be Tuti Patriots followed by Chepauk Super Gillies, Lyca Kovai Kings, Panthers, Ruby Trichy Warriors, VB Thiruvallur Veerans, Dindigul Dragons and Karaikudi Kaalai.
The first three teams and Kaalai will have to pick two capped players in the first two rounds as all four teams had retained three uncapped players. Three out of the four remaining teams, who retained two capped players, will have to pick two uncapped players. Panthers will have to pick an uncapped in the first and a capped in the second, since it had retained one capped and two uncapped.
After two rounds, the teams will have two uncapped and three capped players and can pick any player from the third round onwards.