The fifth season of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) might end up getting cancelled this year with the coronavirus pandemic unlikely to end any time soon.
The TNPL 2020 was initially scheduled to be played from June 10-July 12, but the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) had postponed the tournament in May, hoping to host it in the August-September window.
Meanwhile, India on Saturday reported 57,117 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. As per the data provided by the Health Ministry, Tamil Nadu is the second-worst affected state with a total of 57,968 active cases and 3,935 deaths.
“We were initially looking at an August-September window, but it looks unlikely now. There seems to be no window to host the tournament, but we will take the final decision in the next couple of weeks," ESPNcricinfo quoted a TNCA official as saying.
Also, the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 is slated to start from September 19 in the UAE. Tamil Nadu’s star players Ravichandran Ashwin (Delhi Capitals), Dinesh Karthik (Kolkata Knight Riders), Vijay Shankar (SunRisers Hyderabad), and Murali Vijay (Chennai Super Kings) will all be out of India.
“The IPL is going to happen now and after the players may return from the IPL, the Ranji Trophy season may begin, so there is no window," said the TNPL official.
In the fourth season of TNPL, Chepauk Super Gillies had defeated Dindigul Dragons in the final to lift the 2019 title.
(With agency inputs)