New Delhi, June 9: Former BCCI president and de facto owner of popular Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK), N Srinivasan, has exuded confidence that the IPL team will certainly return in 2018.
IPL franchises CSK and Rajasthan Royals (RR) were on July 14, 2015 suspended from the league for a period of 2 years following IPL betting scandal in 2013.
Both the franchises were suspended for 2 years from immediate effect as CSK's Gurunath Meiyappan and RR's Raj Kundra were found guilty of betting on IPL matches in 2013.
"Yes, we did not have an IPL team this year, but already one season is gone, one season is left after that automatically Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will come in without any intervention," N Srinivasan told media persons on Thursday (June 9) while talking about Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL).
Chennai Super Kings led by India's limited-overs captain MS Dhoni was one of the most successful IPL team.
Talking about the proposed TNPL Srinivasan said the concept behind the league is to give a platform to Tamil Nadu cricketers to showcase their talents and have better prospects.
"The whole idea is to give an opportunity for players in Tamil Nadu to showcase themselves so they have better prospects in bigger tournaments that are being played today," N Srinivasan said on TN Premier League.
Talking about selection of players the former ICC chairman said, "We are not going to have an auction (for cricketers), but we'll have a draft system."