No TNPL franchise will step aside in setting charges, says TNCA

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) will issue a clarification on Tuesday about the president of BCCI Sourav Ganguly statement that two Tamil Nadu Premier League Franchises (TNPL) have been asked to step aside for the points fix and match arrangement charges.

A source from TNCA said Ganguly's comments were misinterpreted and such measures will not be taken. An investigation into the accusations of settlement of points at TNPL in September had resulted in a clean record being delivered to all parties.

Ganguly's comments have been completely misunderstood. Tomorrow we will issue a clarification citing that no action will be taken against any of our franchises, the source told TOI.

It was learned that Board members had discussed TNPL at the AGM, where they had received complaints about corrupt practices and, subsequently, two franchises were asked to withdraw.

Ganguly had said that players were also contacted to arrange matches during the current Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. The players will continue to be approached. What they do after being approached is the important thing. We will try to put the best anti-corruption unit and see if we can make it look stronger, Ganguly said.

The TNCA source also reported that TNCA will soon share the investigation report with the head of the BCCI Anti-Corruption Unit, Ajit Singh, soon. We have learned that Singh is waiting for our report. Therefore, we will send all our findings to BCCI ACCI Chief Ajit Singh soon, the source said.

The TNPL was involved in controversy after accusations of settlement of points and settlement of parties arose in September.

However, the TNPL formed a main council comprising L Sivaramakrishnan, Nanjil Kumaran (former retired Police Commissioner, Chennai) and lead attorney P Raghu Raman to investigate the allegations.

The three-member committee had exonerated TNPL from corruption charges, as they could not find any conclusive evidence to prove that any negligence had occurred.

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