Former BCCI and ICC chief N Srinivasan is hopeful of a good show from Tamil Nadu in the upcoming season of Ranji Trophy. Despite having big players in the team, Tamil Nadu has failed to perform to their potential in the recent seasons.
However, the president of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) said that winning the trophy should be the sole purpose of the team. Without mincing any words, Srinivasan said that the players’ status won’t mean anything to him unless they win the trophy.
“In spite of outstanding stars in the side and players being extremely committed – for some reason or other – it (the trophy) seems to elude us. Unless you win the Ranji Trophy, I am not going to recognise and say that X or Y represented India (from our state) and played these many games for the country. Winning the trophy should be our aim, and I am sure that would be the approach of the coach and the team in the coming year,” Srinivasan said during the TNCA’s 86th annual day at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Friday (June 24).
Srinivasan also said that allocating even one men’s match in the ICC World Twenty20 earlier this year to Chennai would have pleased the fans who are already deprived of the IPL games as Chennai Super Kings have been suspended for two years.
“If we had one men’s match the people of Chennai would have been happy. However, whatever matches (women’s games) were assigned to us were played in great spirit,” he said.
Srinivasa sounded optimistic about the success of upcoming Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL). The eight-team competition will start from the final week of August and will continue till the second week of September.
“We have had a fantastic response from the broadcasters, and from our franchisees. I am sure the tournament will take cricket to each and every corner of the state and be a big success,” he said.