Protesters burned goods and pushed with police outside Chennai’s cricket ground on April 10 to demand the cancellation of IPL cricket matches (Indian Premier League) when the southern city was in trouble. because of the clean water crisis.
According to the Daily Mail, hundreds of protesters, including those wearing black T-shirts and carrying black balloons, gathered near the stadium, chanting slogans before the match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders. The situation forced the police to try to put the protesters on buses parked outside Chennai (the capital of Tamil Nadu state), where the Chennai Super Kings club was about to play their first match at home when a two-year fine was imposed. Illegal betting is lifted. Cricket (sport with a club) is considered the No. 1 sports in India.
Many protests took place in Chennai in recent weeks regarding a dispute with neighboring Karnataka in a way to share water from the Cauvery River, a hot issue in southern India. AFP quoted a protester as saying: “We want all 67 IPL cricket matches in Chennai to be postponed until our requests are met. We also call on the audience to boycott the match. “
IPL cricket matches were boycotted and prevented the organization due to clean water disputes
The Chennai government has offered to move the venue for IPL matches out of Chennai to avoid protests, while pledging to ensure security if IPL still organizes local matches. A police spokesman in Tamil Nadu told AFP “There are about 4,000 police officers who will be on duty around the stadium. We will guard every place to make sure nothing bad happens”.
According to the schedule, Chennai courts will host IPL matches from 10.4 to 20.5. The Super Kings also informed fans about not being allowed to bring cell phones, bags, and other electronic devices into the yard.
Meanwhile, some politicians in Chennai have criticized the organization of IPL cricket matches at a time of high sensitivity. Rajinikanth movie star also took part in the controversial issue when calling on cricket fans to support the protesters.