The fifth edition of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) has been postponed for the second time due to outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association is hoping to host the T20 cricket tournament either in November 2020 or March 2021.

South India’s popular T20 league was earlier scheduled from June 10 to July 12 but was postponed by the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) in May as the number of positive cases was increasing rapidly in the state.

 TNCA wanted the event to be held in late July and September, but it was not in a position to host the tournament as health was the main priority for the TNCA and players. TNCA Honorary Secretary RS Ramasamy said in the release, ‘TNCA was looking at the window from the end of July / August to the end of September that the fifth stage of the TNPL tournament could be played in this potential window, but the existing COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu Given the related issues, TNCA will not be in a position to host the tournament in this window.’

The league may now be held in November 2020 or early next year in March 2021.

Star International players like Ravi Ashwin, Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar, and Murali Vijay are a part TNPL. Young players like Varun Chakraborty and R Sai Kishore, who have been picked for the Indian Premier League [IPL] will also be seen playing TNPL.