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The fifth season of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) will start on June 4 and run till July 4, it was announced on Wednesday.

This after the tournament got the approval of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) citing that regional T20 leagues can begin following the conclusion of the ongoing Indian T20 League. The Tamil Nadu government has given a go-ahead as well.

The TNPL did not take place in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

TNPL 2021 will start with a match between last season’s runners-up Dindigul Dragons facing IDream Tiruppur Tamizhans in Tirunelveli. The league will follow a caravan format where teams will play games across three venues - Tirunelveli, Salem and Coimbatore. 

The TNPL 2021 final will be played on July 4 at Salem.

The eight teams participating in TNPL 2021 are Salem Spartans, Chepauk Super Gillies, LYCA Kovai Kings, Madurai Panthers, Ruby Trichy Warriors, Nellai Royal Kings, Dindigul Dragons and IDream Tiruppur Tamizhans.

"TNCA will follow strict standard operating measures of bio bubble with frequent testing and quarantine rules as is being done for BCCI domestic matches, international matches and with IPL," TNCA secretary R S Ramaswamy said.

The last edition of the Tamil Nadu Premier League took place in 2019, where Chepauk Super Gillies claimed the title after defeating league leaders Dindigul Dragons by 12 runs in the final.

Narayan Jagadeesan was the highest run-scorer in TNPL last season, tallying 448 runs in 10 matches with an average of 64. Ganeshan Periyaswamy ended as the highest wicket-taker with 21 scalps in nine games.

Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) 2021 schedule, fixtures and match times

All times are in Indian Standard Time (IST)

June 4, Friday

Dindigul Dragons vs IDream Tiruppur Tamizhans - 7:30 PM IST - Tirunelveli

June 5, Saturday 

Lyca Kovai Kings vs Salem Spartans - 3:30 PM IST - Tirunelveli

Chepauk Super Gillies vs Nellai Royal Kings - 7:30 PM IST - Tirunelveli

June 6, Sunday

IDream Tiruppur Tamizhans vs Madurai Panthers - 3:30 PM IST - Tirunelveli

Dindigul Dragons vs Ruby Trichy Warriors - 7:30 PM IST - Tirunelveli

June 8, Tuesday 

Dindigul Dragons vs Madurai Panthers - 7:30 PM IST - Dindigul

June 9, Wednesday

Nellai Royal Kings vs Ruby Trichy Warriors - 7:30 PM IST - Dindigul

June 10, Thursday

Dindigul Dragons vs Chepauk Super Gillies - 7:30 PM IST - Dindigul

June 11, Friday 

LYCA Kovai Kings vs Madurai Panthers - 7:30 PM IST - Dindigul

June 12, Saturday

Chepauk Super Gillies vs IDream Tiruppur Tamizhans  - 3:30 PM - Dindigul

Salem Spartans vs Ruby Trichy Warriors - 7:30 PM IST - Dindigul

June 13, Sunday

Nellai Royal Kings vs Madurai Panthers - 3:30 PM - Dindigul

Dindigul Dragons vs LYCA Kovai Kings - 7:30 PM IST - Dindigul

June 15, Tuesday

Salem Spartans vs Chepauk Super Gillies - 7:30 PM - Salem

June 16, Wednesday 

Dindigul Dragons vs Nellai Royal Kings - 3:30 PM IST - Salem

Ruby Trichy Warriors vs Madurai Panthers - 7:30 PM IST - Salem

June 17, Thursday

Chepauk Super Gillies vs LYCA Kovai Kings -3:30 PM IST - Salem

Salem Spartans vs IDream Tiruppur Tamizhans - 7:30 PM IST - Salem

June 19, Friday

Ruby Trichy Warriors vs IDream Tiruppur Tamizhans - 11:00 AM IST - Salem

June 20, Saturday

Salem Spartans vs Nellai Royal Kings - 11:00 AM IST - Salem

June 22, Monday

LYCA Kovai Kings vs Nellai Royal Kings - 11:00 AM IST - Coimbatore

June 23, Tuesday

Ruby Trichy Warriors vs Chepauk Super Gillies - 7:30 PM IST - Coimbatore

June 24, Wednesday

LYCA Kovai Kings vs IDream Tiruppur Tamizhans - 7:30 PM IST - Coimbatore

June 25, Thursday

Salem Spartans vs Madurai Panthers - 7:30 PM IST - Coimbatore

June 26, Saturday

Ruby Trichy Warriors vs LYCA Kovai Kings - 3:30 PM IST - Coimbatore

Nellai Royal Kings vs IDream Tiruppur Tamizhans - 7:30 PM IST - Coimbatore

June 27, Sunday

Salem Spartans vs Dindigul Dragons - 3:30 PM IST - Coimbatore

Chepauk Super Gillies vs Madurai Panthers - 7:30 PM IST - Coimbatore

June 29, Tuesday

Qualifier 1 - 7:30 PM IST - Coimbatore

June 30, Wednesday

Eliminator - 7:30 PM IST - Coimbatore

July 2, Friday

Qualifier 2 - 7:30 PM IST - Salem

July 4, Sunday

TNPL 2021 final - 7:30 PM IST - Salem

TNPL champions list

2016: Tuti Patriots

2017: Chepauk Super Gillies

2018: Madurai Panthers

2019: Chepauk Super Gillies

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