TNPL -100 and going strong

Dindigul Dragons' captain Ravichandran Ashwin and Siechem Madurai Panthers' skipper K.B. Arun Karthick celebrated TNPL's 100th match by cutting the cake on Monday.

Dindigul captain Ravichandran Ashwin and Madurai team skipper K.B. Arun Karthick celebrate TNPL's 100th match on Monday.   -  Special Arrangement

When the first edition of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) was played three years ago there were quite a few who thought it might get knocked out early. But the TNCA and its men were confident of it standing tall and strong. And, they were right in many ways as the tournament celebrated its 100th match at the ICL grounds here on Monday.

The excitement of playing the special match was palpable among last year’s finalists Dindigul Dragons and Siechem Madurai Panthers. And the skippers of both sides, Ravichandran Ashwin and K.B. Arun Karthick, along with their players and other officials celebrated the moment by cutting the cake before the toss.

“It’s a great milestone for the league. I wish the 1000th game also happens soon and I get to play a part in it. As, I have always said, the tournament is always close to my heart,” said Ashwin.

Karthick said the presence of international players like Ashwin and Murali Vijay has been a big boost for the league. “I feel good to be playing in this milestone game. For me personally, it has been a great journey to be part of all TNPL editions so far.”

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“Three seasons of successful cricket development has already taken place and, I’m sure, with this hundred we will be heading towards a greater future in unearthing more talent from districts,” said P.S. Raman, the chairman of TNPL Governing Council.

The TNCA joint secretary R.I. Palani believes this milestone is another reminder of the progress the league has made year on year. "It is a momentous occasion not only for the league but also for the TNCA. We have been able to generate tremendous enthusiasm in the districts for the league. It has resulted in franchises showing more interest in the district players. We can only get bigger and better from here," he said.