Tamil Nadu is not going to have any dearth of cricket action as the Tamil Nadu Premier League 2019 starts on 19th July just 5 days after World Cup 2019. TNPL (Tamil Nadu Premier League) will have its fourth edition in 2019 starting from 19 July 2019 with the Final scheduled on 15 August 2019. Since it’s inaugural edition in 2016, the TNPL is conducted every year.
The Tamil Nadu Premier League had its initiation in 2016, formed by the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) to showcase the local talent on a bigger stage. The inaugural edition of the TNPL was won by the Tuti Patriots while the second edition was won by the Chepauk Super Gillies.
There will be 32 matches conducted over 26 days in TNPL 2019. The tournament organized by Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) will have eight teams participating in the competition. Each of the eight teams will play every other team in the tournament in a round-robin stage. The top 4 teams on the points table will qualify for the playoffs
The top 2 teams will face each other in the Qualifier 1 on 11 August 2019 and the winner will reach the Final. The third and fourth placed teams will face off in the Eliminator on the same day. The winner of the Eliminator will play against the loser of Qualifier 1 in the Qualifier 2 on 13 August 2019. The winner of Qualifier 2 will play the Final against the winner of Qualifier 1 on 15 August 2019.
The TNPL 2019 takes place across three stadiums in three cities - MA Chidambaram (Chennai), Indian Cement Company Ground (Tirunelveli) and NPR College Ground (Dindigul).
All the eight franchises in the TNPL are - Tuti Patriots (2016 Champions), Chepauk Super Gillies (2017 Champions), LYCA Kovai Kings, Siechem Madurai Panthers (2018 Champions), Ruby Trichy Warriors, Dindigul Dragons, VB Kanchi Veerans and iDream Karaikudi Kaalai.
TNPL 2019 will witness star cricketers like Ravichandran Ashwin (Dindigul Dragons), Vijay Shankar (Chepauk Super Gillies), Washington Sundar (TUTI Patriots), Dinesh Karthik (Karaikudi Kaalai), Murali Vijay (Ruby Trichy Warriors), Baba Indrajith (Ruby Trichy Warriors), Abhinav Mukund (Lyca Kovai Kings) and Baba Aparajith (VB Kanchi Veerans).