Outstation players to feature in TNPL

By NT Bureau Published on Jul 05, 2018 01:25 PM IST

Chennai: All the eight TNPL franchises added more firepower in their squad by including outstation players through a special draft held at the M A Chidambaram stadium here, yesterday.

A total of 112 players from 13 state associations had expressed their interest to participate in TNPL this season.

According to the guidelines, all registered players should be uncapped, without being part of any IPL team in 2018 and should have been granted a No-objection certificate from their respective state associations.

In the outstation player draft, the franchises selected two players each and a total of sixteen outstation players will feature in this edition.

Delhi's Unmukt Chand, who led India to the Under-19 World Cup in 2012, Andhra Pradesh's G Hanuma Vihari and Saurashtra's wicketkeeper-batsman Sheldon Jackson are among those picked in the draft.

However the participation of outstation players is not yet clear as the matter comes up for hearing in the Supreme Court today.

"The decision is not in our hands as the case is coming up for hearing. We have gone ahead with the draft and as far as the selected players are concerned, they have got the no-objection certificate from their respective state associations," said former India leg-spinner L Sivaramakrishnan.

He is of the opinion that participation of outstation players would make the competition much tougher.

"The TNPL has been giving opportunities to talented cricketers around the state and many Tamilnadu players have gone on to represent IPL teams through TNPL. The quality of cricket here is impeccable and I expect it to be better this year because of the participation of outstation players," he said.

"Every cricketer needs exposure and the more they play, the better they become. If a player does really well in TNPL he will play for an IPL team and a good performances there will also make him play for the Indian team. So on the broader picture, if a tournament helps produce cricketers for the nation, there is no problem in outstation players participating in it. Moreover if a state association gives permission for their player, then the cricketer should be playing in other leagues" he said.

Former India batsman V B Chandrasekhar said that the participation of outstation players in TNPL was something he was looking forward to from its inaugural edition.

"All the players come with experience and the overall quality of the tournament is going to be enhanced," he said.

Chandrasekhar who is also the owner of VB Kanchi Veerans, has selected Baroda all-rounder Swapnil Singh and Kerala pacer Sandeep Warrier as outstation players in his team.

Unmukt Chand has been picked by Karaikudi Kaalai, which will be coached by former India batsman S Badrinath, while Vihari will turn out for Dindigul Dragons,led by ace off-spinner R Ashwin.

List of outstation players

Chepauk Super Gillies: Kedar Devdhar (Baroda), Shaurya Sanandia (Saurashtra)

Dindigul Dragons: Arpit Vasavada (Saurashtra), G Hanuma Vihari (Andhra)

IDream Karaikudi Kalai: Atit Sheth (Baroda), Unmukt Chand (Delhi)

Jones Tuti Patriots: Sheldon Jackson (Saurashtra), Salman Nizar (Kerala)

Lyca Kovai Kings: Dharmendra Jadeja (Saurashtra), Shorab Dhaliwal (Madhya Pradesh)

Ruby Tiruchi Warriors: Himmat Singh (Delhi), Lukman Meriwala (Baroda)

Siechem Madurai Panthers: Amit Verma (Karnataka), Raiphy Vincent Gomez (Kerala)

VB Kanchi Veerans: Swapnil Singh (Baroda), Sandeep Warrier (Kerala)