Indian international Vijay Shankar, who represents Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League, has been one of the two best bids at the Tamil Nadu Premier League player draft in Chennai on Thursday.
Indian international Vijay Shankar, who represents Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League, has been one of the two best bids at the Tamil Nadu Premier League
Vijay Shankar and former India international Abhinav Mukund have both been sold for their base price ₹ 6 lakh – the top two bids for the TNPL Season 5 player draft. Incidentally, Vijay Shankar and Mukund were the only two players in the ₹ 6 lakh base price ‘A’ category. Both were picked by Salem Spartans and iDream Tiruppur Tamizhans respectively. No other team bid for the duo.
Incidentally Vijay Shankar’s Indian Premier League 2020 per match fee for his ₹ 3.20 crore contract with SunRisers Hyderabad will be over 350% more than the value of his entire TNPL 2020 deal.
A total of 633 players were included in the draft in four categories – category A (international players @ ₹ 6 lakh base price; category B1 and B2 (₹ 3 lakh to ₹ 2 lakh) and category C (₹ 50,000 to ₹ 1 lakh).
TNPL 2020 will be played across four venues – Salem, Coimbatore, Dindigul and Trinuveli – from June 10 to July 12. Surprisingly though there will be no games in Chennai.
Other mega TNPL stars like R Ashwin, Washington Sundar, Murali Vijay and Dinesh Karthik were retained by their respective franchisees.
The retained players list included Kaushik Gandhi, R. Alexandar and U Sasidev by Chepauk Super Gillies with Hemang Badani as Head Coach; R. Ashwin, M. Silambarasan and R. Vivek by Dindigul Dragons, who have S Badrinath as head coach; Siechem Madurai Panthers trio of K.B. Arun Kaarthick, Varun Chakravarthy and Kiran Akash; Baba Aparajith, Sanjay Yadav and N.S. Harish for VB Kanchi Veerans; Lyca Kovai Kings’ M. Sharukh Khan, T. Natarajan, S. Ajith Ram; Washington Sundar, Akshay Srinivasan and M. Ganesh Moorthi by Salem Spartans and Murlai Vijay, R. Sai Kishore and Sonu Yadav by Ruby Trichy Warriors. iDream Tiruppur Tamizhans had retained Dinesh Karthik, R. Rajkumar and Maan K Bafna.
Two teams will be playing the upcoming TNPL season with a new name and home town. Tuti Patriots have been echristened as Salem Spartans while Karaikudi Kaalai enter the new TNPL season as Tiruppur Tamizhans.
Salme Spartans: B Praanesh, Vijay Shankar, G Periyasamy, M Aswhin, KH Gopinath, Daryl Ferrario, Lokesh Raj, Akkil Srinaath, M Suganesh, Sushil U, Siva Kumar, Rakumar T, Abhishek S, Boopalan S, Prasanth Prabhu, M Vijay Kumar and Shubham Mehta.
Chepauk Super Gillies: Rahul D, N Jagadeesan, Harish Kumar, R Sathish, M Siddharth, Jaganath Srinivas, Sujay S, Prashid Akash, B Arun, Ram Arvindh, Rahul B, Arun Kumar, Sai Prakash, Vijaya Kumar, Sathana Sekar, Ajith Kumar and Vikkram Jangid.
Lyca Kovai Kings: Shijit Chandran, Ashwin Venkatraman, Abhishek Tanwar, K Vignesh, Ganga Sridhar Raju, Kavin R, Mukilesh U, Rajesh MP, Suresh Kumar J, Manish GR, Selva Kumaran, Atheeq ur Rahman, Sai Sudharsan, Guwjith Subhash, Aravindh G and Nishaanth Kumar.
Siechem Madurai Panthers: Mithun R, Shajahan M, J Kousik, NS Chaturved, R Rohit, Anirudh Sitaram, Aushik Srinivas, Aaditya V, Gowtham, Praveen Kumar, R Silmbarasan, Hemcharan, DT Chandrasekar, Deeban Lingesh, Nirmal Kuma and S Ganesh.
Ruby Trichy Warriors: Saravana Kumar, Nidhish Rajagopal, Aniruda S, Antony Daas, Rahil Shah, Adithya Ganesh, Sumant Jain, Akash Sumra, Poiyamozhi M, Muhammed Adnan Khan, Ganesh R, Amith Sathvik, Yash Arun Mozhi, Santosh Shiv, Hemanth Kumar, Mukunth K and Karthik Shanmugam.
VB Kanchi Veerans: Trilok Nag, Arjun Murthy, Indrajith Baba, Athyasayaraj David, Pradosh Ranjan Paul, M Abhinav, Sharun Kumar, Surya Prakash, Jitendra Kumar, Ajith Kumar, Senthil Nathan, Ashwath Mukunthan, Vidyuth P, Jayachandran R and Rajinikanth V.
Dindigul Drangons: Vishal Vaidhya, Mani Bharathy, Hari Nishaanth, Yo Mahesh, Suthesh R, Mokit Hariharan, L Vignesh, S Lokeshwar, MS Sanjay, Adithya Arun, Arun S, Swaminathan S, Lakshman V, Ashwin C, Siva Murugan AR, Advaith Sharma and Srinvasan R.
iDream Tirruppur Tamizhans: S Dinesh, M Mohammed, Aswin Crist, Abhiav Mukund, Mohan Prasanth, Francis Rokins, S Aravind, Gowtham Thamarai Kannan, Karuppusamy, Maningandan S, Siddharth S, Shriram C, Tushar Raheja, Mahit Panghal, Siddharth Ahuja, Roobanraj M and Abhinav Vishnu.
Teams have been allowed to retain three players each and can have a maximum of 22 while the minimum count is 16.