In the wake of the political unrest against Sri Lankans in Tamil Nadu, former Indian Premier League champions Chennai Super Kings may tow the state government line to keep safe distance from sportspersons from the Emerald Isles. In a letter to the Prime Minister, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has said no IPL matches will be allowed in Chennai if teams field Sri Lankan players, match officials or backroom staff.
Jayalalithaa said in her letter that with emotions in her state running high over the Sri Lanka issue, it would be unadvisable for the Lankan players, umpires and other officials to visit Tamil Nadu. "In such a hostile and tense environment, we apprehend that the participation of Sri Lankan players in the IPL tournament, with many games to be played in Chennai, will aggravate an already surcharged atmosphere and further offend the sentiments of the people," says the letter.
Chennai is scheduled to host 10 IPL games and ticket sales are going to start on Wednesday. CSK will play eight 'home' matches in Chennai the other two being playoffs - Qualifier 1 and Eliminator.