The fifth edition of the TNPL is set to suffer a similar fate of every other league around the world. After the tournament initially got postponed the expected timeline for the fifth season was from August to September. But Tamil Nadu government’s recent rule of precluding games in August has brought TNPL’s any last desire to start the local league to an end. As of now any announcements regarding the cancellation of the tournament have not been made by the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA).
An official from TNCA said the association was expecting to get some relaxation from the lockdown after July. But with the recent rule that does not allow sports tournaments to take place for another month, the official feels the window appears to have shut. He also added that the announcement has shocked many. Since they now presently have floodlights prepared at Salem and Coimbatore, which takes the total number of grounds with the facility of lights to five in the State. TNPL was originally scheduled to take place from June 10 to July 12.
The TNCA is expecting it can give net practice sessions to the state players at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium from the upcoming week. These net sessions are for the domestic players who will be participating at the national and international levels. With IPL scheduled for September to November at UAE, the certainty of hosting TNPL has diminished a lot.