Protesters burned goods and shoved them to police outside Chennai’s cricket court in order to demand a cancellation of the IPL (Indian Premier League) cricket matches when the southern city was in turmoil panic of clean water.
According to the Daily Mail, hundreds of protesters, including those wearing black T-shirts and carrying black bubbles, gathered near the stadium, chanted slogans before the match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders. The situation forced the police to try to put protesters on buses parked outside Chennai (capital of Tamil Nadu state), where the Chennai Super Kings Club was about to play their first match at home when serving a 2-year sentence for illegal betting is lifted.
It can be said that the IPL popularity for tourism attracted millions of tourists to India during the IPL 2020 events in particular. However, with these uncertainties, it is not suitable to travel in India. Many demonstrations in Chennai in recent weeks have involved a dispute with neighboring Karnataka over how 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 for the audience to boycott the match”.
The Chennai government has proposed to move the venue for IPL matches out of Chennai to avoid protests and pledged to ensure security if IPL still holds local matches. A police spokesman in Tamil Nadu told AFP that there were about 4,000 police officers who would be on duty around the stadium. They would watch everywhere to make sure nothing bad happens.
According to the schedule, the stadiums in Chennai will host IPL matches between April and May. Super Kings also inform their fans about not being allowed to carry cell phones, bags, and Other electronic devices to enter the yard. Meanwhile, some politicians in Chennai have criticized the organization of IPL cricket matches at a time of heightened sensitivity. Movie star Rajinikanth was also involved in the controversial issue, calling on cricket fans to support the protesters.