New Delhi: Tamil Nadu Cricket association is now all set to launch a new cricket tournament ‘Tamil Nadu Premier League Twenty20’ for its domestic players and fans, The tournament is aimed to provide opportunities for domestic players from the state and give the domestic fans a dose of ‘festive’ cricket.

The tournament was to be organised in 2017, but the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNC) decided to conduct the tournament this year itself.

None of the T-20 World Cup matches were played in Tamil Nadu and following the 2-year ban on the home IPL team — Chennai Super Kings the enthusiastic domestic fans have been left wanting. This could be why the TNC is pre-scheduling the state’s premier league.

In this tournament, 8 franchises will participate. The teams will be divided into 2 groups of 4 each. A total of 27 matches are to be played and the tournament is scheduled to begin from end of August and run into September.

The franchise bids for the Tamil Nadu Premier League Twenty20 tournament opened on Thursday, June 9. The bidding saw 22 prospective bids for the 8 franchises. The base price for a franchise was Rs. 1.25 crore; 22 bids were collected, 17 were tendered and 8 have been selected.

Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) president N. Srinivasan addressed the media along with the eight franchise owners, after the bid.

Here are some of the key points from the press meet:

I am very happy to announce the bidding was success for 8 franchises.

Enthusiasm for cricket is very high and Tamil Nadu Cricket Association is determined to work for the players.

A word with BCCI is in progress and I hope other state players too would be allowed to play in the league.

TNC will ask BCCI and we will see how they respond. BCCI’s consent is a must in the approval of other state players to play in the Tamil Nadu Premier League.

There is no auction but a draft for the players’ selection; whoever bids the highest gets the player.

We believe the response would be enthusiastic from the local fans, and the tournament will turn out to be a success.

Star is the broadcasting and media partner for the tournament.