Tamil Nadu Premier League 2017: All you need to know about TNPL 2017
- With the second edition of the tournament about to get underway, here's all you need to know.
Albert TUTI Patriots
The defending champions TUTI Patriots once again begin as the favourites and have the perfect blend of youth and experience.
Squad: Maaruthi Raghav, V Athisayaraj Davidson, Dinesh Karthik, Washington Sundar, Aswin Crist, Abhinav Mukund, Aushik Srinivas, Kaushik Gandhi, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Subramanian Anand, Akash Sumra, R Sathyanarayan, Umashankar Sushil, M Ganesh Moorthi, R Vishaal, Siddarth Ahuja, V Lakshman, SP Nathan, G Nicul Anand.
Chepauk Super Gillies
With largely the same squad that got to the final last time around, veteran Rajagopal Sathish will be hoping to take his side one step further this time around.
Squad: Rajagopal Sathish, Yo Mahesh, Thalaivan Sargunam, Antony Dhas, Gopinath, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Uthirasamy Sasidev, Joel Joseph, Dakshinamoorthy Kumaran, R Alexander, Sathiamoorty Saravanan, Baskaran Rahul, Ashwath Mukumthan, S Karthik, Aditya Barooah, Jothimani Gowjith Subhash, Arun Kumar, Rangaraj Suthesh, S Radhakrishnan.
Lyca Kovai Kings
Although they have plenty of promising bowlers, the two Vijays, Vijay Shankar and Murali Vijay are unlikely to take part in this year’s tournament owing to the India A tour and injury respectively.
Squad: M Siddharth, Pradosh Ranjan Paul, Manish Ravi, K Deeban Lingesh, Murali Vijay, JS Mohammad, M Mohammed, L Suryaprakash, Vijay Shankar, MK Sivakumar, Ravi Kumar Rohith, Krishnamoorthy Vignesh, B Anirudh Sita Ram, S Ajith Ram, S Harish Kumar, Akshay Srinivasan, B Arun, S Tarun Srinivas, K Gowtham Thamarai Kannan, Ranjan Paul.
Despite some splendid individual performances in the inaugural edition of the tournament, Dragons failed to make the final and they will be looking to correct that this time around.
Squad: S Kishan Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Murugan Ashwin, T Natarajan, MS Sanjay, N Jagadeesan, Ganga Sridhar Raju, Subramania Siva, Sunny Kumar Singh, K Mukunth, Wilkins Victor, Ashwin Venkataraman, ME Yazh Arun Mozhi, S Abishiek, R Vivek, Adithya Arun, M Silambarasan, S Dinesh.
Madurai Super Giant
Although they don’t boast of too many big-name players, Madurai Super Giant have some youngsters who could spring up a surprise or two.
Squad: Sivagnanan Senthilnathan, PS Sivaramakrishnan, K Mani Bharathi, Murugan Ganesh, R Ajith, M Poiyamozhi, Arun Karthik, Suresh Kumar, P Francis Rokins, DT Chandrasekar, M Raja, Shijit Chandran, Lakshminarayanan Vignesh, Muruganantham, Palani Amarnath, Edward Kennedy, Shahrukh Khan, R Karthikeyan, D Prashanth Prabhu.
VB Thiruvallur Veerans
With captain Baba Aparajith available for the entire duration of the tournament, Veerans will be looking to make the most of the experienced support staff and go through to the playoffs.
Squad: Vignesh, R Rajan, RD Ashwin Kumar, Hari Nishanth, Baba Aparajith, Abhishek Tamrakar , Rahil Shah, R Kavin, NS Chaturved, Malolan Rangarajan, Ramalingam Rohit, Jaganath Sinivas, Sanjay Yadav, S Arun, Lakshmi Narayanan, Silambarasan, U Mukilesh, Samuel, Anand Rajan, S Siddharth.
With the ideal mix of exciting youngsters, including a 14-year-old and some experience, Kaalai are one to watch out for.
Squad: Varun Chakravathi, Shikhar Hukku, Srikkanth Anirudha, Aashish Srikrishnan, Nivethan Radhakrishnan, S Badrinath, Sunil Sam, Suresh Babu, S Lokeshwar, Chandrasekar Ganapathy, Shoaib Md Khan, K Vishal Vaidhya, R Sonu Yadav, R Rajkumar, S Mohan Prasath, M Vijay Kumar, Rajhamany Srinivasan, M Shajahan, Trilok Nag.
Ruby Trichy Warriors
The Warriors will be hoping that a change in name brings forward a change in fortunes for the side.
Squad: Kannan Vignesh, N Prashid Akash, M Monokaran, RS Mokit Hariharan, J Jabez Moses, Baba Indrajith, Jagatheesan Kousik, Rajamani Jesuraj, Bharath Shankar, Alagh Prathiban, Krishna Varun Kumar, Murthy Prabhu, Jagannathan Kaushik, Adithya Ganesh, Nilesh Subramanian, Akkil Srinaath, Anthony Mannays, B Aditya, Adhithya Giridhar.