No IPL in Chennai


The Indian Premier League (IPL)  matches scheduled to be held in Chennai will be shifted to another venue, according to ANI.

All remaining Chennai Super Kings (CSK) home matches will moved out of Chennai, said ANI quoting sources.

The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association has postponed ticket sales for the match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals on April 20.

CSK have returned to the IPL after a gap of two years. On Tuesday, Chennai hosted its first IPL match in a long time with CSK defeating KKR in a thriller.

However, there were protests against the match both in and out of the ground.

Three Naam Tamilar Katchi (NTK) workers were detained for hurling shoes inside the Chepauk stadium during  the match between the Chennai and Kolkata sides on Tuesday.

Kolkata were batting in the game against when a few shoes were hurled from the upper tier of the stands opposite to the main pavilion. The unidentified protestors hurled shoes at Ravindra Jadeja, who was stationed at long-on. The footwear missed the player fell near the boundary rope as Faf Du Plessis and Lungi Ngidi were taking a stroll. A couple of shoes also fell on the stands below, according to reports.

The protesters, who were also carrying a red flag against rules, were removed from the ground by the police, said the report quoting local organisers.

Chennai on Tuesday saw massive protests against the conduct of IPL matches amid raging Cauvery demonstrations, with police chasing away agitators in some places. One incident of agitators burning yellow jerseys, the attire of Chennai Super Kings players, was also reported.

Hundreds of activists of pro-Tamil outfits like Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi (TVK), Naam Tamizhar, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) and some Muslim groups staged road blockade at the arterial Anna Salai and TTK Salai, affecting traffic movement, police said.

In some places, protesters clashed with police.

Tamil ‘Superstar’ Rajinikanth on Wednesday condemned the alleged attack on three policemen during the anti-IPL protests over the Cauvery issue.

In a tweet, the 67-year-old actor said,”The worst form of violence is the assault on uniformed personnel.” “This kind of violence has to be tackled immediately, as it poses a danger to our country. We need more stringent laws to punish the perpetrators,” he added.

Rajinikanth, who has announced his intentions to launch his political party, did not name anyone.

However, he uploaded a 23-second video on his twitter handle that showed the alleged attack on the law enforcers.

The three were allegedly shoved and attacked by protesters near the Chepauk stadium where an IPL cricket match was held yesterday amid protests.

The reason for the attack and the identity of the assailants were not known, though they were believed to be cadres of a pro-Tamil outfit.

Police resorted to a lathi-charge to quell the agitation, which was marked by hurling of sandals into the stadium and burning of yellow jerseys, the colour of the Chennai Super Kings.

The opposition by pro-Tamil outfits to the IPL matches was that the game would divert the attention of the youth from the Cauvery issue and lessen the impact of the state-wide stir.Since April 1, the state has been witnessing protests by political parties, pro-Tamil outfits, voluntary organisations and student groups seeking setting up of the Cauvery Management Board.

On February 16, the Supreme Court had raised the 270 tmcft share of Cauvery water for Karnataka by 14.75 tmcft and reduced Tamil Nadu’s share while compensating it by allowing extraction of 10 tmcft groundwater from the river basin.

The court had granted six weeks time to the Centre to formulate a scheme to ensure compliance of its 465-page judgement on the decades-old Cauvery dispute, which modified the CWDT award of 2007.The six-week period ended on March 29.

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