Chennai, Mar 24 (): The sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 6) now faces the wrath of anti-Sri Lanka sentiments brewing and boiling in the state of Tamil Nadu for the past two weeks.
Voting against Sri Lanka at UNHRC by India is over. DMK upset over the lukewarm response of the UPA government over the Sri Lankan Tamils’ issue has walked out of UPA coalition.
With anti-Lanka protests and agitations still reported from certain pockets of the State including Chennai, IPL 6 that is set to commence on April 3 now appears to face the anger and fury of the student community in Tamil Nadu who came on to the streets in never-before-seen uprising in the State against Sri Lanka and its genocidal war crimes.
One of the student protesters is alleged to have said that they plan to stage agitations at every venue where Sri Lankan players are hosted in IPL 6 matches.
With Tamil Nadu appearing to be still simmering with the heat of anti-Lanka sentiments, the governing council of the T20 tournament is yet to finalize on the participation of Sri Lankan players in Chennai.
The BCCI is said to be keeping an eye on the situation in Tamil Nadu and is also in touch with the state government. According to sources, either the IPL matches will be held without involving the Sri Lankan players or the matches could be moved out of Chennai considering the requests of some teams of IPL. However, IPL franchisees are disinclined to drop Sri Lankan players from matches in Chennai.
All teams in IPL except Kings XI Punjab have at least one Sri Lankan cricketer in their teams. Chennai’s home team Chennai Super Kings has two Sri Lankan players – Akila Dananjaya and Nuwan Kulasekara.
With the Chennai Super Kings scheduled to play its first match against Mumbai Indians at Chepauk stadium in the city on April 6, final decision on the participation of Sri Lankan players in IPL 6 by the governing council is expected soon.