No outstation players for TNPL

There will be no outstation players in the inaugural edition of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL).

The Hindu has learnt from reliable sources that the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) is now resigned to the fact that there will be no players from outside the State in the Twenty20 competition beginning on August 24.

In fact, former India leg-spinner Laxman Sivaramakrishnan said to this newspaper after attending the TNPL Governing Council meeting here on Tuesday, “Not having outstation players will not impact TNPL adversely.

“This will present an opportunity for local talent in the State, particularly from the districts, to showcase their ability before a massive live television audience. The emerging cricketers will learn to handle pressure.”

Sivaramakrishnan elaborated, “Twenty20 is an extremely compressed format. One good over with the bat or one bad over with the ball could alter the course of the match. Players will have to learn to react to the pressure instinctively and instantaneously.”

Meanwhile former India cricketers L. Balaji and S. Badrinath are in the fray for the role of the batting and bowling coaches-cum-players of the Tamil Nadu senior team.

There is a spontaneous acknowledgement from everyone that Balaji has done a splendid job as a bowling coach for the State side. And he is extremely popular in the side.

Badrinath will not just be valuable as a batting coach but could also be roped in to guide the side in fielding.

Tamil Nadu missed a resourceful senior batsman in crunch situations and on testing surfaces last season and the vastly experienced Badrinath could fill that breach.

However, Hrishikesh Kanitkar, set to be named as Tamil Nadu coach, will take the final call on the issue.

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