TNPL (Tamil Nadu Premier League) will have its fifth edition in 2021 starting from 19 July 2021 with the Final scheduled on 15 August 2021. Since its inaugural edition in 2016, the TNPL is conducted every year, except when it had to be called off in 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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 and fourth edition was won by Chepauk Super Gillies. Siechem Madurai Panthers emerged as the winners of third edition of TNPL.
There will be 32 matches conducted over 27 days in TNPL 2021. 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 10 August 2021 and the winner will reach the Final. The third and fourth placed teams will face off in the Eliminator on 11 August 2021. The winner of the Eliminator will play against the loser of Qualifier 1 in the Qualifier 2 on 13 August 2021. The winner of Qualifier 2 will play the Final against the winner of Qualifier 1 on 15 August 2021.
The TNPL 2021 takes place across four stadiums in four cities - Indian Cement Company Ground (Tirunelveli), SCF Cricket Ground (Salem), SNR College Cricket Ground (Coimbatore) and NPR College Ground (Dindigul).
All the eight franchises in the TNPL are - Nellai Royal Kings, Chepauk Super Gillies (2017 Champions), LYCA Kovai Kings, Siechem Madurai Panthers (2018 Champions), Ruby Trichy Warriors, Dindigul Dragons, Salem Spartans and iDream Tiruppur Tamizhans.
TNPL 2021 will witness star cricketers like Ravichandran Ashwin (Dindigul Dragons), Vijay Shankar (Salem Spartans), Washington Sundar (Salem Spartans), Dinesh Karthik (Tiruppur Tamizhans), Baba Indrajith (Trichy Warriors).