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Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL)
Tamil Nadu Premier League.png
Official TNPL logo
First edition2016
Latest edition2022
Tournament formatRound-robin league and Playoffs
Number of teams8
Current championChepauk Super Gillies (4 titles)
Lyca Kovai Kings (1st title)
Most successfulChepauk Super Gillies (4 titles)
Most runsNarayan Jagadeesan (1240)[1]
Most wicketsR Sai Kishore (85)[2]
TVStar Sports
2022 Tamil Nadu Premier League

The Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) is a professional Twenty20 cricket league contested in the state of Tamil Nadu in India and was formed in 2016 by the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA).[3][4] It is played during July and August of every year by eight teams representing eight districts in Tamil Nadu. Shriram Group is the current sponsor of the tournament.[5] The first season was inaugurated by former Indian cricket team captain MS Dhoni.[6] Then it was won by Tuti Patriots.[7]

There have been five seasons of TNPL. The current champions, Chepauk Super Gillies are also the most successful team after winning the title in 2017, 2019 and 2021. The other teams which have won the title are Salem Spartans (Tuti Patriots) in 2016 and Siechem Madurai Panthers in 2018.

In 2019 two of the franchises were accused of match fixing which led to removal of co-owners of a franchise. However both franchises remained intact in the league.

It is one of the regional cricket premier leagues of India.



In 2016, the TNPL was launched at the time when Chennai Super Kings, the Tamil Nadu franchise playing Indian Premier League (IPL), was facing a two-year suspension from the league.[8][9] The league was aimed to make up for the absence of high-profile matches in Chennai in the year and to expose talented players from districts.[10][11] It was launched by then TNCA president N. Srinivasan, who is also the owner of Chennai Super Kings and TNPL's initial title sponsor, India Cements.[8][11][12]

Franchise rights[edit]

Winning bidders
Owner Franchise Price
Vivo South Chennai distributor Selvakumar Salem Spartans 5.21 crore (US$650,000)
Metronation Chennai Chepauk Super Gillies 5.13 crore (US$640,000)
Lyca Productions Lyca Kovai Kings 5.01 crore (US$630,000)
Kothari (Madras) Ltd. Madurai Panthers 4.001 crore (US$500,000)
Ruby Builders Trichy Warriors 3.69 crore (US$460,000)
Crown Forts Ltd. Nellai Royal Kings 3.48 crore (US$440,000)
Take Solutions Ltd Dindigul Dragons 3.42 crore (US$430,000)
I Dream cinemas I Dream Tiruppur Tamizhans 3.3 crore (US$410,000)

On 1 May 2016, TNCA invited bidders for the eight franchise rights.[13][14] A total of 17 bidders participated in the bidding process. Members of TNCA were not allowed to participate.[8] The base price set for each franchise was 1.25 crore (US$160,000) for a period of 10 years. After the auction, the amount TNCA earned from franchise rights was 33.51 crore (US$4.2 million) which was more than three times the minimum bid amount.[15][8] Salem Spartans was the highest bidder who chose Salem for 5.21 crore (US$650,000). The second highest was Metronation Chennai Television Pvt. Ltd which bought the Chennai team 5.13 crore (US$640,000).[15] And Salem Spartans is the costliest team in TNPL with 5.21 crore (US$650,000)


On 16 August 2016, the first edition was inaugurated by MS Dhoni in Chennai.[11][16] The first edition featured popular players like Ravichandran Ashwin, Murali Vijay, Dinesh Karthik and Lakshmipathy Balaji. It also featured players registered with the state association.[10] Robin Singh and Michael Bevan were appointed as coaches. Matthew Hayden was the brand ambassador of the league. BookMyShow.com sold the match tickets from ₹50 while Star Sports were the TV broadcasters.[11]

Outstation players registered with the TNCA like Piyush Chawla and Hardik Pandya were expected to join the season.[15][11] However, they did not since TNCA was not given permission at the time by the BCCI.[11][17][18]

The season was played from 24 August to 18 September. Tuti Patriots emerged as the champions in the final against Chepauk Super Gillies held in M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.[19]


Tournament format[edit]

The eight teams play against each other in the league phase in round-robin format. Teams will get two points for each win. At the end of the league stage, top four teams in the points table will qualify for the playoffs. Much like the IPL, the playoffs consist of three matches before the final: one eliminator and two qualifiers. The top two teams from the league phase will play against each other in the Qualifier 1, with the winner going straight to the final and the loser getting another chance to qualify for the final by playing the Qualifier 2. Meanwhile, the third and fourth place teams from league phase play against each other in an eliminator match and the winner from that match will advance to play the Qualifier 2. The winner of this match will head to final to meet the winner of Qualifier 1, where the winner will be crowned champions.

Player acquisition and salaries[edit]

Abhinav Mukund is one of the only two players in the draft's Category A in 2020 (the other being Vijay Shankar)

Players draft takes place months before the tournament. Teams can acquire a maximum and minimum players of 22 and 16 respectively.[20] They are allowed to retain three players each from last season.[21] Players at the draft are split in four categories on the basis of their experience.[20][22]

Player categories in the draft
Category Description Salary
A Players with international cricket experience ₹6 lakh
B1-B2 First class cricketers who have played at least 20 TNPL matches ₹2−3 lakh
C Others ₹50,000−1 lakh

The salary cap for the most experienced players (Category A) was 5 lakh (US$6,300) in 2016.[15] In 2020, it was 6 lakh (US$7,500).[22]

Until 2020, BCCI prevented TNCA from allowing outstation players to participate in the league.[17][18][11] A maximum of 2 outstation players can be in a team given that they are not currently in any IPL team. A separate draft for outstation players is scheduled to happen after 2020 IPL season for TNPL season 5.[23]

Sponsorship and revenues[edit]

The title sponsor from the inception was India Cements Limited whose term ended in 2019. In the first edition TNCA had earned a total of ₹33.51 crore in franchise rights. This was the highest among all the local T20 leagues in India.[8] The business model followed by TNPL is similar to the IPL's model.[24] For the first five years, central rights (broadcast fees and sponsorship fees) will be shared 80 per cent among the eight franchises with the rest going to the administrator TNCA.[15] This excludes the match staging costs. As much as 65 per cent will be divided equally between the franchises with the rest 15 per cent given to the franchises as per their standing in the league.[15] Gate collections are not shared with the franchises.[24] To attract sponsors, owners were advised to name their teams after districts in the state.[13]

In 2019, some of the franchises faced financial difficulties and asked TNCA to bring changes to the revenue sharing model of the league.[24]

Prize money[edit]

The prize money split between the teams are:[8][25]

  • Champions – 1 crore (US$130,000)
  • Runner up – 60 lakh (US$75,000)
  • Two semi-finalists – 40 lakh (US$50,000) each
  • Remaining participants – 25 lakh (US$31,000)


There are eight franchises competing in league.[26] The franchises are named after a district it is representing in the state.[13][8] Each team can have a maximum of 22 players that includes two outstation players.[20][23] In 2021, One of the franchise changed their name and base – VB Kanchi Veerans of Kancheepuram shifted to Tirunelveli featuring as Nellai Royal Kings .[27]

Team City District Captain Coach Owner
Salem Spartans Salem Salem Darryl S Ferrario B Ramprakash Vivo Chennai south distributor Selvakumar M
Chepauk Super Gillies Chennai Chennai Kaushik Gandhi Hemang Badani Metronation Chennai Television Private Limited - Dailythanthi
Lyca Kovai Kings Coimbatore Coimbatore Shahrukh Khan Sriram Somayajula Lyca Productions
Dindigul Dragons Dindigul Dindigul Hari Nishaanth Subramaniam Badrinath Take Solutions Ltd
Trichy Warriors Tiruchirapalli Tiruchirapalli Rahil Shah Tinu Yohannan Ruby Builders
iDream Tiruppur Tamizhans Tiruppur Tiruppur Mohammed R. Prasanna iDream Cinemas and iDream Properties
Siechem Madurai Panthers Madurai Madurai Arun Karthik Bharath Reddy Pooja Damodaran
Nellai Royal Kings Tirunelveli Tirunelveli Baba Aparajith A. G. Guruswamy Crown Forts Limited

Defunct teams[edit]

Team City District
Tuti Patriots Tuticorin Tuticorin
Karaikudi Kaalai Karaikudi Sivaganga
V. B. Kanchi Veerans Kanchipuram Kanchipuram
V. B. Thiruvallur Veerans Tiruvallur Tiruvallur
Ruby Kanchi Warriors Kanchipuram Kanchipuram
Madurai Super Giant Madurai Madurai


A total of three venues were used until 2019. Grounds in Dindigul and Tirunelveli hosts every match in the league stages between them.[28] The M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai is generally used for only two matches in the playoff stages including the final.[28]

Two new venues in Salem and Coimbatore are slated to host matches from 2020 onwards.[27] The ground in Coimbatore was expected to host matches in the fourth season itself. But TNCA wanted age-group tournaments held there first before TNPL.[29][27] The Chennai venue will not host matches in the upcoming season.[30]

Panaroma of the M A Chidambaram stadium
Stadium City Capacity
M. A. Chidambaram Stadium (Chepauk Stadium) Chennai 39,000
Salem Cricket Foundation Stadium Salem 5000–25,000
Sri Ramakrishna Institutions Cricket Ground (SNR College Cricket Ground) Coimbatore 10,000[citation needed]
NPR College Ground Dindigul 5,000
Indian Cement Company Ground (ICL Sankar Nagar Cricket Ground) Tirunelveli 4,000[31]

Tournament results[edit]

TNPL season results
Season Final Final venue No. of teams Player of the series
Winner Winning margin Runner-up
Tuti Patriots
215/2 (20 overs)
Won by 122 runs
Chepauk Super Gillies
93 all out (18.5 overs)
M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai 8 Narayan Jagadeesan
Chepauk Super Gillies
145/4 (19 overs)
Won by 6 wickets
Tuti Patriots
143/8 (20 overs)
Washington Sundar
Siechem Madurai Panthers
119/3 (17.1 overs)
Won by 7 wickets
Dindigul Dragons
117 all out (19.5 overs)
Arun Karthik
Chepauk Super Gillies

126/8 (20 overs)

Won by 12 runs


Dindigul Dragons

114/9 (20 overs)

G Periyaswamy
Chepauk Super Gillies

183/6 (20 overs)

Won by 8 runs


Ruby Trichy Warriors

175/7 (20 overs)

N Jagadeesan
Chepauk Super Gillies and Lyca Kovai Kings declared co-champions Co-champions (Scorecard) None SNR College Cricket Ground, Coimbatore Sandeep Warrier

Teams' performances[edit]

Team 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021 2022
Chepauk Super Gillies 2nd 1st 8th 1st 1st 1st
Dindigul Dragons 3rd 6th 2nd 2nd 3rd 6th
Lyca Kovai Kings 4th 4th 3rd 5th 4th 1st
Nellai Royal Kings 6th 5th 7th 4th 5th 3rd
Salem Spartans 1st 2nd 5th 6th 7th 8th
Siechem Madurai Panthers 8th 8th 1st 3rd 6th 4th
iDream Tiruppur Tamizhans 5th 3rd 4th 8th 8th 5th
Trichy Warriors 7th 7th 6th 7th 2nd 7th


Highest totals[edit]

Score Team Opponent Season
236/2 Nellai Royal Kings Ruby Trichy Warriors 2022
215/2 Tuti Patriots Chepauk Super Gillies 2016
209/3 Nellai Royal Kings Siechem Madurai Panthers 2022
206/4 V. B. Kanchi Veerans Trichy Warriors 2016
203/6 Dindigul Dragons Siechem Madurai Panthers 2018
203/8 Chepauk Super Gillies Ruby Trichy Warriors 2022
202/5 Dindigul Dragons Lyca Kovai Kings 2021
201/1 Lyca Kovai Kings Dindigul Dragons 2021
199/7 Lyca Kovai Kings Madurai Super Giants 2016
197/3 V. B. Kanchi Veerans 2017


Highest individual scores[edit]

Batsman Runs Balls Opponent Season
Baba Aparajith (Kanchi Veerans) 118* 63 Karaikudi Kaalai 2016
Bharath Shankar (Trichy Warriors) 112* 68 2017
Kaushik Gandhi (Tuti Patriots) 111* 68 Kanchi Veerans 2018
Washington Sundar (Tuti Patriots) 107 61 Super Gillies 2017
Arun Karthik (Madurai Panthers) 106 61 Kovai Kings 2019


Title sponsorship[edit]

From 2016 to 2019, India Cements Limited (Sankar Cement) owned the title rights of the league.[12][40][41] A tender for new title rights sponsor was released in March 2020 by TNCA.[42][41]

Sponsor Period
India Cements Limited 2016–2017
(India Cements Limited)

as Shankar Cements

Shriram Group 2021–2022


In 2016, Star India acquired the media rights for ₹7.1 crore and became the broadcast partners of the league.[8][43][44] The deal is worth between ₹7.2 crore and 10 crore for the first year, and ₹8 crore and 12 crore in the second, based on calculations.[15] Disney Star broadcasts the matches on Star Sports 1 HD with English Commentary and in Star Sports 1 Tamil HD with Tamil Commentary.[25] Star also broadcast via their OTT platform, Disney+ Hotstar.[45]

Winning bidder Terms of deal Fee
Star Sports 2016–2022 7.1 crore (US$890,000)
Voot (Internet) 2022

Criticisms and controversies[edit]

Franchises facing financial difficulties[edit]

On 26 May 2019, several franchise owners under financial distress wrote to TNCA asking for changes made in the upcoming season. The leaked letter signed by teams Tuti Patriots, Lyca Kovai Kings, Siechem Madurai Panthers, Ruby Trichy Warriors and iDream Karaikudi Kaalai was confidential in nature.[24][46] The franchise owners and TNCA were both upset about the leak of the letter which had caused negative image towards the league.[46]

The main concerns in the letter were regarding the lack of outstation players' participation, quality of umpiring, unavailability of Tamil Nadu players who represent India and matches being held in relatively smaller venues.[24][47] The franchises were also concerned over the viewership for the league and the television rating points. The league was criticised for not sharing the gate collections with the franchises, following IPL model.[24] Unable to recover the expenses, franchises have reportedly suffered losses ranging from ₹15−25 crore. They suggested several changes for TNPL. They asked TNCA to allow outstation players and to ask Tamil Nadu players who represent India to take part in the league. They also demanded a better revenue sharing method to prevent losses of the franchises.[47][48][24]

On 4 June 2019 in a meeting with the owners, TNCA's reacted to the issue saying that it shares 80 per cent of the telecast and sponsorship fees with the franchises and the association gains only a net ₹5 crore from TNPL after meeting all expenses.[46] Some owners were unsatisfied with the response and demanded a forensic audit of TNPL's accounts.[46]

Match-fixing allegations[edit]

In 2019, Tuti Patriots and Madurai Panthers faced match fixing allegations. BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had said that these franchises were suspended due to connection with bookies but TNCA said that they were not.[49][48][50] However, TNCA has asked franchise Tuti Patriots to remove two of their co-owners in link to the corruption.[51] In 2020, Tuti Patriots were renamed as Salem Spartans for the next season due to the change in ownership.[27]

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External links[edit]

Official website