TNPL update – Excerpts from Owners’ Press Conference

Excerpts from Owners’ Press Conference


The eight franchise owners addressed the media at the end of the Player Draft of the inaugural Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL).

Excerpts from the Press Conference:

KS Viswanathan, Honorary Secretary, Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA):

The Player Draft went off very well as all the franchises were very well prepared. They all have Tamil Nadu coaches on board and all teams look very competitive. We look forward to a good inaugural league.

Rajamani Muthuganesan, Owner, Karaikudi franchise:

We have picked a mix of seniors and young talent and we have got Robin Singh as our coach. We are very happy to have S Badrinath and S Aniruda in our team as well as a number of district players. With Robin Singh at the helm, we hope to do a good job.

HR Srinivasan, Owner, Dinidigul franchise:

I am delighted with the team, starting with our first pick of R Ashwin. We have also picked 10 all-rounders, two wicketkeepers and left-arm spinners as well. We are very pleased and think that we have a balanced team.

VB Chandrasekhar, Owner, Tiruvallur franchise:

The age group of players that we have targeted is 19-23 years as we are looking at the long-term prospects. At the end of the tournament if some young cricketers emerge, nothing like it.

KC Shyam Kangayan, Owner, Kancheepuram franchise:

We feel that we have the right team combination and the average age group of players we have picked 20-23 years. I think we have the youngest team in the league. This was our goal from the start and we have very good support staff.

Albert Muralidharan, Tuticorin franchise owner:

Dinesh Karthik was our first choice and we got him so we are very happy. We have also picked three players from our own district of Tuticorin as well.

Sivanthi Adityan, Owner, Chepauk franchise:

We are extremely happy with our team and each and every player is invaluable to our team. We chose a name in Tamil as our league is in Tamil Nadu and we wanted the people to relate to it.

Raju Mahalingam, Owner Representative, Coimbatore franchise:

We got all the players we had planned for so we are very happy. Syed Mohammed will be leading the team as M Vijay won’t be available all season. We are also very pleased to have Lance Klusener as our coach.

A Rafiq, Owner, Madurai franchise:

We are pleased with our team and happy to have Michael Bevan as our coach for this season.


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