Chennai, July 30: Offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin will play for Dindigul while opening batsman Murali Vijay has been picked by Coimbatore team in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) Twenty20 tournament. (Full schedule of the tournament)
The Player Draft for TNPL was held today (July 30) in Chennai and the squads were finalised. 888 players had registered be part of the league.
The inaugural edition of the TNPL will feature 8 teams, playing a total of 31 matches (28 league matches, two semi-finals and the final). Chennai, Dindigul (Natham) and Tirunelveli are the venues. Chennai will host the opening match as well as the semi-finals and the final.
The draft ceremony, which was conducted by former India leg-spinner L Sivaramakrishnan, saw the eight franchises pick a total of 151 players. Every franchise, except the Coimbatore one owned by Lyca Productions, selected 19 players. Coimbatore have 18 in the bag.
Each franchise was required to select two players each from the districts as well as the Under-19 category. Washington Sundar was the first Under-19 player to be picked. He went to the Thoothukudi franchise.
The TNPL has requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to allow outstation players to take part in the league. TNPL Chairman PS Raman informed that he was hopeful of a favourable outcome.
"I have spoken to Mr Ajay Shirke, the Honorary Secretary of the BCCI. If the BCCI allows outstation players, then the teams will get to pick two more players," he said. This will, of course, increase the squad strength to 21. Several outstation players are employed in Tamil Nadu, and have been playing in tournaments conducted by the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association for several years. "There are 25 such players. They will be allowed back into the Player Draft if the BCCI gives its nod of approval," Raman added.
The tournament will be from August 27th-September 18th. The winners will take home Rs 1 crore while the runners-up will receive 60 lakh. The third and fourth placed teams will receive 40 lakh each. The total prize money on offer is Rs 3.40 crore.
Final list of squads for TNPL 2016 after the Player Draft
Thoothukudi (Bid price Rs 5.21 crore)
Owner: Thoothukudi Sports and Entertainment Private Limited
Dinesh Karthik, L Balaji, Washington Sunder, Aswinathisayaraj Dav Crist, Abhinav Mukund, Aushik Srinivas, Kaushik Gandhi, Anand Subramanian, Akash Sumra, Sathyanarayan R, Sushil U, Ganesh Moorthi M, Athisayaraj Davidson, Maaruthi Raghav, Vishaal R, Siddarth S Ahuja, Lakshman V, Nathan SP, Nicul Anand.
Coimbatore (Rs 5.01 crore)
Owner: Lycra Productions Private Limited
Murali Vijay, Syed Mohammed, Mohammed M, Suryap Prakash L, Vijay Shankar, Siva Kumar, Rohith R, Vignesh K, Anirudh Sita Ram, Ajith Ram, Harish Kumar, Akshay V Srinivasan, Arun B, Anchit D, Kamalesh M, Tarun Srinivas, Adhithya Giridhar, Gowtham Thamarai.
Chepauk (Rs 5.13 crore)
Owner: Metronation Chennai Television Private Limited
R Sathish, Yo Mahesh, Thalaivan Sargunam, Anthony Dhas, Gopinath, Sai Kishore, Sasidev, Joel Joseph, Tamil Kumaran, Alaxander R, Vasanth Saravanan S, Rahul B, Ashwath Mukunthan, Karthik S, Rajeel Abdul Rahman, Nirmal Kumar, Vasudevan, Aditya Barooah, Shibi Jawahar.
Madurai (Rs 4.001 crore)
Owner: Kothari (Madras) International Limited
Arun Karthick, Suresh Kumar, Thiyagarajan, Francis Rokins, Chandrasekar, Vignesh Ganapathi, Raja M, Shijit Chandran, Vignesh L, Maan K Bafna, Muruganantham S, Aswin Kumar, Amarnath, Varun Narendar, Sakthi P, Anton Andrew Subikshan, Mihir R, Edward Kennedy, Madhu C. Coach: Michael Bevan.
Kancheepuram (Rs 3.69 crore)
Owner: Ruby Builders and Promoters
Indrajith B, Koushik J, Jesuraj R, Shahrukh Khan M, Bharath Shankar, Prathiban, Varun Kumar, Prabhu M, Kaushik J, Ganesh L, Adithya Ganesh, Siddharth S, Suthesh T, Nilesh Subramanian, Akkil Srinaath, Pradosh Ranjan Paul, Mitchell Anthony, Trilok Nag, Aditya B.
Thiruvallur (Rs 3.48 crore)
Owner: VB Cricket Academy
Aparjith B, Abhishek Tanwar, Rahil S Shah, Kavin R, Chaturved NS, Malolan Rangarajan, Rohit R, Jaganath Sinivas, Vignesh GV, Sanjay Yadav, Arun S, Samruddh Bhat, Hari Nishaanth, Lakshminarayanan, Govindaraj, Silambarasan, Mukilesh, Samuel S, Santosh Shiv.
Dindigul (Rs 3.42 crore)
Owner: Take Solutions Limited
R Ashwin, Ashwin M, Natarajan, Sanjay MS, Jagadeesan N, Ganga Sridhar Raju, Subramania Siva, Sunny Kumar Singh, Mukunth, Wilkins Victor, Ashwin Venkataraman, Shyam Sundar, Dinesh S, Yazh Arul Mozhi, Prashant Prabhu, Abhishek, Vivek, Adithya Arun, Silambarasan.
Karaikudi (Rs 3.30 crore)
Owner: Chettinad Apparels Private Limited
Badrinath, Aniruda, Sunil Sam, Suresh Babu, Lokeshwar, Ganapathi Chandrasekar, Shoaib MD Khan, Vishal Vaidhya, Sonu Yadav, Rajkumar, Mohan Prasath, Vijay Kumar, Abhinav M, Jerome A, Srinivasan R, Kiran Akash, Sujay S, Swaminathan S, Shahjahan. Coach: Robin Singh.