The Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) is the brainchild of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA), created as an exciting platform in the game’s shortest format for talented and promising cricketers from across the state to showcase their talent.
Now in its fifth edition, the Shriram Capitals-sponsored TNPL 2021, comprising eight teams and 32 matches, will be played over 28 days between July 19 and August 15 at MA Chidambaram Stadium.
The tournament has grown both in stature and popularity over the years, and a total of 633 players , including all the leading names, registered for the exciting TNPL-5 Player draft.
For the 2021 season, Tuti Patriots will be known as Salem Spartans, while iDream Karaikudi Kaalai will be known as iDream Tiruppur Tamizhans. Nellai Royal Kings were the new entrants this year.
Albert TUTI Patriots clinched the inaugural 2016 edition by beating Chepauk Super Gillies in the final while the Gillies exacted revenge by beating the Thoothukudi franchise in the 2017 final to emerge champions. The fourth season, once again proved a close affair, and we had a new winner in Siechem Madurai Panthers, who beat Dindigul Dragons in the finals. Chepauk Super Gillies became the first side to win the championship twice as they beat Dindigul Dragons in the finals.
Looking back, the eight franchises, namely Albert Tuti Patriots, Chepauk Super Gillies, Lyca Kovai Kings, Madurai Super Giants , Ruby Trichy Warriors, VB Thiruvallur Veerans, Dindigul Dragons, Karaikudi Kaalai came into existence following a thrilling bidding process before the inaugural edition.
The TNPL was inaugurated by the then India skipper MS Dhoni in the company of senior TNCA officials. Star India have been the official broadcasters since inception and matches in the first two editions were telecast live and extensively covered in both English and Tamil. The commentary team has also included some of the biggest names in the global game.