The fifth edition of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) has been postponed for the second time due to the COVID-19 pandemic with TNCA now hoping to host the T20 event either in November this year or March next year.
The popular T20 league tournament, which was initially scheduled to run from June 10 to July 12, was put off by the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association in May as the number of coronavirus cases rose in the state.
The TNCA was looking to conduct the event between July-end and September but due to the raging health crisis, it will not be in a position to host the tournament.
“The TNCA was looking at a window between end July/ August to end September as a possible window for playing the 5th edition of the TNPL tournament. However, due to the ongoing COVID related issue in the State of Tamil Nadu, TNCA will not be in a position to host the tournament in this window,” TNCA Honorary Secretary R S Ramaswamy said in a press release.
“We will explore possibilities of playing the 5th edition of the tournament in an alternate window i.e either in November 2020 or in March 2021.”
Top players of the state including R Ashwin, Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar and M Vijay among others participate in TNPL, which has also seen the emergence of youngsters like Varun Chakravarthy and R Sai Kishore who have gone on to be picked by IPL teams.
Tamil Nadu has so far seen over 2.4 lakh coronavirus cases and 3,935 fatalities.
The 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be played in the UAE, Brijesh Patel, the IPL Governing Council chairman, confirmed on Tuesday (July 21).
IPL, which was scheduled to begin in March 2020, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) looked at alternatives in order to host the tournament later in the year in India. Boards from different countries like Sri Lanka and UAE offered to host it.
This would be the second time for the IPL in the UAE, after the first few games of the tournament were staged in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah in 2014 because of the general elections in India.
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE – The BCCI has reportedly penciled in the window between September 26 and November 7 for the IPL, which comprises 60 matches. An official update on the schedule will be known later.
VENUES – The matches will likely be held in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah once again.
MATCH TIMINGS (TENTATIVE) – 7 pm IST (5:30 pm UAE time). For double-headers, the day is likely to start at 3 pm IST (1:30 PM UAE time).