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Tamil Nadu Premier League to start in the state of Tamil Nadu

Backed by former BCCI president, and the current Tamil Nadu Cricket Association president N. Srinivasan, the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) was launched in Chennai on Thursday.

Announcing the same , Mr. N. Srinivasan said - 



The main idea behind TNPL is to bring cricket to the districts of Tamil Nadu and explore local talent.



The league will have eight franchises for the TNPL. It will commence in the fourth week of August. Karaikudi, Dindigul, Kanchipuram, Madurai, Coimbatore, Tiruvallur, South Chennai, Thoothukudi will be the franchises.

The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association received Rs 33.24 crore through the bidding process of the eight teams that will feature in the inaugural Tamil Nadu Premier League.

There will be 27 matches played across three cities which include Chennai, Natham and Tirunelveli. 

This will be a three-week long tournament and the eight teams will be grouped into two zones of four teams.

All the teams will play each other twice and the top two teams from each group will make it to the semi-finals.

The highest bidder was Thoothukudi Sports & Entertainment Pvt Ltd which put in a bid at Rs 5.21 crore.

The winner of the league will take home a prize money of Rs 1 crore while the runner-up will be richer by Rs 60 lakh. The semi-finalists each receive Rs 40 lakh. The remaining participants will get Rs 25 Lakh. 

The TNCA earned a substantial Rs 33.51 crore in franchise rights.

The league will approach the BCCI to allow other players from different states to participate in the competition.

The players will be snapped up by the teams by a draft process. The highest bidder will earn the right to pick a player from the draft and this process will continue for all the different rounds. 

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