India news June 17, 2017

BCCI seeks clarity from TNPL over outstation players

N Srinivasan and MS Dhoni during the launch of the inaugural edition of the TNPL last year © TNPL

The BCCI has sought clarity from the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) over the participation of outstation players, including Suresh Raina and Yusuf Pathan, in the upcoming season of the Tamil Nadu Premier League starting July 22.

The board's letter to the TNCA on Friday (June 16) came after 88 players, including international and IPL players like Sanju Samson, Manoj Tiwary, Yuzvendra Chahal, Pawan Negi, Piyush Chawla and Ashok Dinda registered for the TNPL draft to be held in Chennai on June 23.

The bone of contention is if the registered players conform with the rules and regulations of the board. A TNCA official said all the players registered for the draft, including those from other states, were registered with TNCA's league teams. "It was the outstation players playing in the TNCA league who requested us to include them in the TNPL," the official told ESPNcricinfo.

A TNPL official said the board referred to a decision made in a working committee meeting last year that said that "only players registered with the TNCA" should take part in the tournament. The TNCA is likely to respond to the BCCI's letter in the next "two or three days."

"While having these outstation players participate in the league, are they within the ambit of the TNCA for the period of time they are participating in the league - that's the question the BCCI is asking," he said.

The issue of involving outstation players in the TNPL had come up during the inaugural edition of the tournament last year too. While the BCCI didn't allow outstation players to be involved then, the TNPL is confident of having a stronger case this time around.

The TNCA was also not perturbed by the possibility of the draft being postponed. "Even if there is a delay [because of the communication with the BCCI], we can always have it at a later date," the TNCA official said.

Arun Venugopal is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo. @scarletrun

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  • mukundarajan on June 20, 2017, 15:11 GMT

    I have to add that I failed to mention the Murugappa group who have a nice turf wkt in their grounds. Again the facilities in places like Dindigul , Tirunelveli are superb. Rahul Dravid is a product of Chennai league and now Piyush Chawla is a regular participant.

  • mukundarajan on June 20, 2017, 13:47 GMT

    We in Chennai watch TNCA League on week ends wherein other state players participate and profusely use the special cricket dictionary coined over the years in Tamil by local stalwarts. Spectators follow these games closely and know the records of all participants. TNCA league is one of the Best organised event with almost half a dozen turf wickets well maintained by Chennai Corporates like IC,MRF,IP,Sanmar etc. These other State players are part of Chennai cricket as they also participate in Buchi Babu tournament. This has helped TN Ranji team players to face quality attack regularly and the results are heart warming. I dont know why BCCI is applying brakes on the National cricketers who are loyal to Chennai crowd as the later are emotionally attached to them. Other state players hv been playing in Chennai league for couple of decades and local corporates pay them reasonably to meet the expenses. Hence BCCI must permit National players to participate in state premier leagues.

  •   Cricinfouser on June 19, 2017, 13:46 GMT

    what ever politics there might be within. but i think outstation players should not be allowed to play in TNPL. The idea behind TNPL was to promote local players talent. the involvement of IPL players will certainly pull more crowd. but it will certainly cost local players their chances. And as time flies it wont be TNPL any more. it would become a reality show like IPL. I will be really happy if only local guys play this tournament.

  • udaya on June 18, 2017, 4:01 GMT

    BCCI doing like a opposition parties in India by rejecting all the needs of tnca ... Very sad for cricket and cricket lovers maybe it's time to switch to Bbl and others leagues ..

  • udaya on June 18, 2017, 3:59 GMT

    BCCI should allow some unknown talents and rejected players to play atleast this league to get practice ..

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