The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has given the approval to cricketer Arun Karthik – to participate in the ongoing Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL).

The matter came to a resolution following the hearing. It was when both the player and the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) agreed and explained the fact that Karthik wasn’t an outstation player.

Karthik, who hails from Tamil Nadu itself, plays for Kerala as an outstation player in the Ranji Trophy.

While replying to the brief explanation of the player and the TNCA, CoA stated that they have understood the fact. It further states that Karthik represented the KCA (Kerala Cricket Association) in domestic tournaments as a guest player.

The committee also revealed the player is has a registration with the KCA. He represented the KCA in BCCI’s domestic tournaments during the 2017-2018 cricket season as a ‘guest player’ (as defined in the BCCI Tournament Rules).

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Arun Karthik
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It must be noted that it is not eligible to participate in the T20 tournaments conducted by KCA.

“The player is not eligible to participate in T20 tournaments conducted by the KCA despite having represented the KCA in BCCI Domestic Tournaments during the 2017-2018 cricket season. In the said circumstances, not permitting the player to participate in the Tamil Nadu Premier League. (“TNPL”) It would result in a situation where the player is not eligible to participate in any T20 tournament. It is conducted by any State Association,” the statement maintained.

CoA accepted the explanation provided by Arun Karthik

“For the above reasons, the CoA accepts the explanations provided by the player. The TNCA and the KCA and confirms that the Player may continue to participate in TNPL 2018,” CoA responds to the question.

Karthik expressed disappointment after receiving the notice. He stated that he played in the tournament as a local player. He only played as a guest player for the Kerala Ranji side. Karthik had earlier requested to look into the matter seriously.

Arun Karthik
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“Shocked to get the notice. I was given to understand that all the TNCA registered players can play TNPL. It read that outstation guest player are not allowed as per your recent orders. Therefore, I have played as I’m a local player and as a guest player for Kerala I do not have any address there. In view of the above kindly permit me to play in TNPL competition. Since we are playing a game on July 22, I request you to look into this matter at the earliest,” Karthik had written.

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