Chennai,July31(tamilnaducentral): The player draft of the inaugural edition of the TNPL 2016 was held on July 30.
From a pool of 888 players, 151 were picked by the eight teams in the draft process for the inaugural edition of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL). The Thoothukudi franchise was the highest bidder, that picked wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik. Seasoned T20 player R. Satish went to the South Chennai side – Chepauk Super Gillies. The Coimbatore franchise chose M. Vijay, the first among the current Indian players to be brought in. R. Ashwin was chosen by Dindigul.
The teams employed different strategies in the first two to three rounds, with most going in for a mix of all-rounders and batsmen. Each team picked 19 players, except the Coimbatore franchise which chose 18, which its COO attributed to numerology!
With the participation of outstation players still undecided, the TNCA has sought the Board’s permission to permit at least 25 from a pool of 70 outstation players.
888 players had registered to 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).
TNPL 2016 Venues
Chennai, India Cements Ground in Tirunelveli and Natham in Dindigul are the venues,all equipped with flood lights. Chennai will host the opening match as well as the semi-finals and the final.
TNPL 2016 Teams & Players
Tuti Patriots (highest bid price of Rs 5.21 crore)
Owner: Thoothukudi Sports and Entertainment Private Limited
Players: Dinesh Karthik, Washington Sundar, A Aswin Crist, Abhinav Mukund, Aushik Srinivas, Kaushik Gandhi, L Balaji, Anand Subramanian, Akash Sumra, R Sathyanarayan, U Sushil, M Ganesh Moorthi, Athisayaraj D’son, Maaruthi Raghav, R Vishal, Siddharth Ahuja, V Lakshman, SP Nathan, Nakul Anand.
Lyca Kovai Kings (Rs 5.01 crore)
Owner: Lycra Productions Private Limited
Players: Murali Vijay, Syed Mohammed, M Mohammed, Surya Prakash, Vijay Shankar, Siva Kumar, R Rohith, K Vignesh, Anirudh Sita Ram, Ajith Ram, Harish Kumar, Akshay V Srinivasan, B Arun, Anchit, M Kamalesh, Tarun Srinivas, Adithya Giridhar, Gowtham T Kannan.
Chepauk Super Gillies (Rs 5.13 crore)
Owner: Metronation Chennai Television Private Limited (which owns Thanthi TV)
Players: R Sathish, Yo Mahesh, Thalaivan Sargunam, Antony Dhas, KH Gopinath, R Sai Kishore, U Sasi Dev, Joel Joseph, D Tamil Kumaran, R Alexandar, Vasanth S Nan, B Rahul, Ashwath M Than, S Karthik, Raji Abdul Rahman, PS Nirmal Kumar, Vasudevan, Aditya Barooah, V Shibi Jawahar.
Madurai Super Giants (Rs 4.001 crore)
Owner: Kothari (Madras) International Limited
Players: Arun Karthick, Suresh Kumar, Thiyagarajan, Francis Rokins, DT Chandrasekar, Vignesh Ganapathi, M Raja, Shijit Chandran, L Vignesh, Maan K Bafna, S V Muruganantham, S Aswin Kumar, P Amarnath, Varun Narendra, P Sakthi, Anton Andrew, R Mihir, Edward Kennedy, C Madhu.
Kanchi Warriors (Rs 3.69 crore)
Owner: Ruby Builders and Promoters
Players: B Indrajith, J Kaushik, R Jesuraj, Shahrukh Khan, Bharath Shankar, AC Parthiban, K Varun Kumar, M Prabhu, J Kaushik, L Ganesh, Adithya Ganesh, Siddharth Siva, R Suthesh, Nilesh S Nian, Akhil Sri Nath, Pradosh Ranjan, Mitchell Mannays, Trilok Nag, B Aditya.
Thiruvallur Veerans (Rs 3.48 crore)
Owner: VB Cricket Academy
Players: B Aparajith, Abhishek Tanwar, Rahil Shah, R Kavin, NS Chaturvedi, Malolan Rangarajan, R Rohit, Jagannath Srinivas, GV Vignesh, Sanjay Yadav, S Arun, Samruddh Bhat, Hari Nishaanth, M Lakshminarayanan, D Govindaraju, Silambarasan, U Mukesh, S Samuel, S Shiv Santosh.
Dindigul Dragons (Rs 3.42 crore)
Owner: Take Solutions Limited
Players : Ravichandran Ashwin, Murugan Ashwin, T Natarajan, MS Sanjay, N Jagadeesan, Ganga Sridhar Raju, V Siva Subramania, Sunny Kumar Singh, K Mukund, Wilkins Victor, Ashwin Venkataraman, S Shyam Sundar, S Dinesh, Yazh Arun Mozhi, Prashanth PRabhu, S Abhishek, R Vivek, Adithya Arun, M Silambarasan.
Karaikudi Kalai (Rs 3.30 crore)
Owner: Chettinad Apparels Private Limited
Players : S Badrinath, S Aniruddha, Sunil Sam, M Suresh Babu, S Lokeshwar, C Ganapathi, Shoaib Mohammed Khan, Vishal Vaidya, R Sonu Yadav, R Rajkumar, S Mohan Prasath, M Vijay Kumar, M Abhinav, A Jerome, Srinivasan R Mayne, L Kiran Akash, S Sujay, S Swaminathan, M Shajahan.
TNPL 2016 Official Broadcaster
STAR India will be the official broadcaster for the competition that will kick off in the last week of August and continue till the second week of September.The first look of TNPL 2016 will be unveiled on Star Sports India on August 1.
(Image credit: TNPL 2016 Twitter)