Chennai Super Kings are back after in the eleventh edition of the IPL after serving two years suspension. But it seems that the CSK fans would have to deal with the wrath of political outfits and farmers' organizations, who have threatened to disrupt the IPL.
Chennai Super Kings will be playing their much anticipated first home match against Kolkata Knight Riders on April 10, 2018, in the Chidambaram stadium in Chepauk.
However, a few of the advocates of the ongoing Cauvery water dispute believe the cricket frenzy during Cauvery crisis might send our wrong message. Nagapattinam legislator M Thamimum Ansari said, “Tamil Nadu government should ban IPL because the farmers are angry.”
“If we want to send out a strong message, IPL must be banned,” he added.
He also asserted, “I request the fans to return their tickets and demand for a refund. The empty galleries would send out a strong message.”
Ansari further added that they would capture players if the match goes ahead.
“The Cauvery issue is raging in Chennai, an IPL match should not take place. If the match goes ahead, MJK members will capture the IPL players.”
Reacting to the statement, RI Palani, Joint Secretary, Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, told a newspaper in an interview, “The matches would go on as scheduled. Police will provide security.”
“The Cauvery issue has been there for years and it will not go away this easily. Rescheduling the matches would be a solution to the problem,” he added.
Notably, CSK's practice sessions drew over 10,000 supporters to the stadium.
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