You are here: Home » PTI Stories » National » News
Business Standard

Vijay Shankar roped in by Salem Spartans in TNPL draft ? ? ?

Topics
Sports

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

India all-rounder Vijay Shankar

was snapped up by Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) team Salem Spartans in the draft for season-five held here on Thursday.

The Spartans, formerly Tuti Patriots, also picked up leggie Murugan Ashwin and pacer G Periyasamy, the top wicket-taker in season-IV.

The Spartans made full use of their first position in the order of the draft to pick a strong squad.

The team picked six players who represented last years winners, Chepauk Super Gillies.

On its part, the Super Gillies roped in Season 4's top run-getter wicketkeeper batsman Narayan Jagadeesan.

Spartan's stars Washington Sundar and Shankar expressed confidence of a better show and improve upon the fifth-placed finish last year.

They are likely to play the full season when the tournament kicks off on June 10.

"It is a great boost to have Vijay Shankar in the side.It is a new setup and we are looking to do better this year," said Sundar, who was among the three players retained by thefranchise.

"In the last three years I have played for different teams every year but I have only played 3 games of TNPL.

I am looking forward to play the full season and help the team win matches and the tournament as well," Vijay Shankar said.

Cricketers from the districts were a big draw in the draft that had a pool of 633 players with 67 of the 132 chosen by the eight franchises coming from the districts, a press release said.

Siechem Madurai Panthers picked the highest number of players from the districts 11, followed by Salem and Chepauk, who picked nine players each.

Tamil Nadu Cricket Association president Rupa Gurunath, who addressed the gathering, revealed the franchises can add two outstation players for which a separate draft will be held in May.

"The draft for outstation players will be held after the IPL," she said.

Among the other prominent teams India stars, Murali Vijay will turn out for Ruby Trichy Warriors having been retained by the team while ace offie Ravichandran Ashwin will be playing for Dindigul Dragons to be coached by former Test player S Badrinath.

Dinesh Karthik will be the star attraction for iDream Tiruppur Tamizhans.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Thu, February 20 2020. 20:04 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU