The Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL), in news for wrong reasons after multiple players have reported corrupt approaches, may now face pressure from the team owners for a better revenue sharing model and high quality match officials.
An anonymous team owner has told the national news agency that the “TNCA should come up with a better revenue sharing method so that the franchisees do not suffer by way of losses. Only those with proper financial background should be allowed to own teams in the league.”
Meanwhile, Balaji Maradappa, who has been part of the TNPL governing council and is now involved with a franchisee as manager, opines that there are no malpractices in the league. The man has seen league closely from a franchisee’s and the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association’s perspective.
“I have seen things from both sides – as TNPL governing council member and a team official. I can tell you that every step is being taken to keep things clean. I don’t know from where these kind of allegations have cropped up,” he added.
“At the TNPL governing council, we took all steps to keep things under control and clean and I have seen as a team official that the team(s) are also doing the same. Also, with some much awareness and BCCI integrity officials giving instructions and being around nothing can happen. Also, the kids (players) are aware of things and bring it to our notice if any unwanted messages come in,” Balaji claimed.
Another team owner demanded stern action if anyone is found guilty.
“It is sad that match-fixing allegations have cropped up. Such things will damage the TNPL’s image to a great extent. Strict action should be taken against anyone found to be involved in such things,” he said and added that in its bid to stop murky dealings, the TNCA should hold the league only in bigger towns.
“To stop these murky things, the TNPL matches should be conducted only in bigger towns and only where there are franchises,” he added.
He also spoke about the quality of the umpiring in TNPL, which he said was below-par and was an issue of concern.
“I have complained several times to the authorities about the umpiring but nothing has changed. In an effort to clean up things, the BCCI should ensure that their top 20-30 umpires are sent to officiate in leagues like TNPL,” he added.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s anti-corruption unit on Monday had revealed that multiple players have reported about corrupt approaches and now questions are being raised whether VB Chandrasekhar’s suicide is linked to the alleged corrupt practices in the league.
While TNPL has formed a committee that will probe the issue, some of the owners, who refused to be named have spoken about need for a better commercially viable model.
There is one franchise among bottom three which has gained bad name for dubious team selections every year.