Krunal Pandya and Hardik Pandya during IPL 9 © AFP
Krunal Pandya and Hardik Pandya during IPL 9 © AFP

Ever-improving Hardik Pandya and his elder brother Krunal Pandya will play for Swaraj Cricket Club, which is a team in the second division of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA). Both Pandya brothers played for Mumbai Indians (MI) in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL), and their presence will be a major boost for Swaraj Cricket Club, which is sponsored by TAKE Soultions. Like IPL allows four foreigners to feature in the playing XI, TNCA allows two outstation players. Inclusion of these two young guns is an indication that Swaraj Cricket Club is itching to storm to the first division. Read: Possible names BCCI can be replaced with

Overall 12 teams will participate in the league for the coveted trophy. Krunal, who had a great run in the IPL, will look to continue his stellar show. Krunal, in his maiden IPL, scored 237 runs at an average of 39.50 and strike-rate of 191.12, in 12 matches. He was as impressive with the bowl as he was with the bat. He, in fact, scalped 6 wickets at economy of below 8 RPO.

Hardik, on the other hand, made his debut at international level earlier this year against Australia in their own den. In 16 T20Is he played for Team India, he plundered 78 runs at a staggering strike-rate of 139.28. He also pocketed 15 wickets at an average of 24, with a career best of 3 for 8. Read: Lalchand Rajput roped in as AFG coach

Other than Swaraj Cricket Club, TAKE Solutions also own a team in Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL), which will played from August to September. Lakshmipathi Balaji, who is Tamil Nadu’s player as well as coach, told SportsKeeda, “Most of the time they (cricketers from the districts) don’t have much exposure before they play at the state level. A professional league such as this would bridge the gap. This would also give the selectors access to talent that may not always be spotted.”