The bond between Chennai and cricket is properly documented. From staging Check matches throughout Pongal season, akin to Boxing day Check matches, to giving a standing ovation to the visiting Pakistan cricket crew after it beat India in a Check, the followers have embraced the sport in an admirable model. Nevertheless, a recreation of cricket within the metropolis has additionally been on the receiving finish of a number of disturbances, reiterating the truth that sports activities generally is a comfortable goal.
And in the long run, it was followers who have been robbed of an excellent recreation of cricket.
In 2012, the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium bumped into an issue with the state authorities over three stands with a seating capability of 12,000.
The Tamil Nadu Cricket Affiliation (TNCA) needed to tackle points in demolishing about 12 metres of the fitness center on the Madras Cricket Membership (MCC) to create eight meters of setback area between the MCC and the ‘Okay’ stand as ordered by the court docket.
It has proved to be a troublesome activity as some components of the MCC have been declared heritage constructions by Chennai Metropolitan Growth Authority making it unattainable to destroy any portion of the membership. Amongst different points, the TNCA and MCC additionally really feel that the sum for the renewal of lease, demanded by the income division, is astronomical.
Whereas the stands have been quickly opened in 2012 for the IPL knockouts and in 2013 for the India-Australia Check, it was sealed quickly after and the negotiations are nonetheless on.
No Sri Lankans at Chepauk
In the identical yr, when India was going by way of a tough patch with Sri Lanka on the political entrance, the Sri Lankan cricketers have been banned from enjoying within the metropolis. Huge names and potential match winners comparable to Lasith Malinga (Mumbai Indians), Mahela Jayawardene (Delhi Daredevils), Muttiah Muralidharan and Tillekaratne Dilshan (Royal Challengers Bangalore), Kumar Sangakkara (Sunrisers Hyderabad) couldn’t take the sector in Chennai.
The closure of three stands additionally led to the World T20 in 2016 transferring out from Chennai because the Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) and the broadcasters have been decided to have a full home for all World Cup matches. The empty stands within the stadium, in line with the broadcaster, would have provided a ‘horrible viewing expertise’. Chennai was left to content material with non-televised girls matches and followers bore the brunt of those selections.
In 2015, Chennai Tremendous King (CSK) was additionally wiped off the Indian Premier League (IPL) scene for 2 years when the crew’s key official was caught in a betting scandal.
Now the return of CSK to the IPL fold has additionally met with disturbances.
The central authorities’s delay in constituting the Cauvery Administration Board has led to widespread protests in Chennai and several other political events have expressed their want to ban the IPL matches within the metropolis in an purpose to ship a powerful message to the central authorities.
Whereas the Chennai Metropolis Police has deployed about 4,000 policemen within the neighborhood of the stadium to stop any untoward incident, many followers took to social media to voice out their opinions.
Famous cricket fanatic and actor Mohan Raman took to Twitter and stated, “An enchantment to all Cricket lovers @CskIPLTeam. There are certain to be anti IPL individuals within the crowd who will attempt to disrupt play… PLEASE DO NOT GET PROVOKED. Simply inform the authorities /Cops and keep out of any violent response. Be cool like MSD. Pray for Cauvery water.”
On the flip aspect, famous tv commentator Sumanth Raman stated, “I cannot be attending any #IPL matches this season & is not going to take part in any IPL associated exhibits on TV till #CauveryMangementBoard or equal is shaped. There r some issues in life larger than a recreation & I consider that it is a time to face with our farmers.”
However one would nonetheless hope cricket to crawl again to the stadium, to compensate for the two-year lull.