The Supreme Court said on Wednesday that the players who are registered with other cricket associations will not be allowed to take part in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) organised by the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA).
A bench headed by the Chief Justice Dipak Misra said that the TNPL matches will go ahead as per schedule, as it has already been approved by the Committee of Administrators (CoA) that has been administering the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Ranjit Kumar, the senior advocate who is appearing for TNPL submitted in court that after producing a no objection certificate (NOC) from their respective cricket associations, the outstation players should be allowed to participate.
He said that out of the eight teams that are participating in the league, two outstation players should be allowed to play for each team.
Appearing for the CoA, senior advocate Parag Tripathi opposed the submission saying it has been disallowed by the CoA after considering the draft constitution of the BCCI.
The TNPL tournament, which begins on Wednesday, has eight teams and every team has been allowed to have a pool of 20 players each.
The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) had permitted teams to induct two players from outside Tamil Nadu after they procure NoCs from their respective cricket associations.
The TNPL which is organised by the TNCA acts as a platform to give the local cricketers a bigger stage to showcase their talent.
Then Indian skipper MS Dhoni and TNCA President N Srinivasan had launched the TNPL amid great fanfare in 2016.
Star India was the broadcaster and the league got wide coverage with the commentary team in English and Tamil.