The prominent Tamilian and Dravidian political groups reportedly demanded the ban on IPL matches in Chennai. Because of the agitations against Cauvery water board issue, the home matches played by Chennai Super Kings may be shifted from the MA Chidambaram stadium to avoid security threats.
The political groups are demanding the cancellation of IPL matches till a decision comes from the Central government or the judiciary about the formation of Cauvery water management board of CMB.
Speaking about their demand, TVK leader Panruti T Velmurugan said that “In order to condemn the Centre which shows no regard for the livelihood and the identity of the Tamils, we request that the IPL should not take place here – at a time when Tamilians are bursting with anger. If the BCCI conducts the IPL here, and the Tamil Nadu government and the Tamil Nadu police support it, then all those who eat the food produced by farmers will buy tickets and go inside the stadium and protest in a democratic way.
“Tamil Nadu government, BCCI, and the IPL management should not push us to that level. If all our notifications on this matter are ignored, we are ready to come to the streets (to protest).”
A state bandh was called for on 5th April 2018 in Tamil Nadu protesting the Supreme Court’s final verdict allocating more Cauvery water to Karnataka. This judgment angered almost all the Tamilians and political groups including the opposition party DMK, famous actor turned politician Kamal Hassan, and all the public groups and they protested the verdict in all the possible forms.
The Tamil political groups called for a press conference on 4th April 2018 for demanding the cancellation of IPL matches in Chennai till the fulfillment of their demands regarding the Cauvery water issue, which took the lives of many peasants since two decades. Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam, Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi (TVK), Viduthalai Thamizh Puligal Katchi, Thamizhar Vidiyal Katchi, and Social Democratic Party of India participated in the press meet.
The center failed to set up the CMB on account of Assembly elections in Karnataka and extended the deadline for three months. Famous music composer James Vasanthan supported the demand for the ban on IPL matches till a resolution for the suffering of Tamilians is sought. This demand was supported by most of the Twitter users.
On the other hand, the CSK included only one Karnataka uncapped Player, Aniruddha Joshi. The Yellow army is expected to take on Kolkata Knight Riders at Chennai on 10th April. The franchise and BCCI are hoping for the restoration of law and order by that time.