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Stadium licence row upsets cricket fans

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chennai, May 14, 2013
First Published: 10:37 IST(14/5/2013) | Last Updated: 10:39 IST(14/5/2013)

Tamil Nadu government’s decision to withdraw structural licence to all the nine stands of the Chepauk stadium, which is to host the CSK versus DD T20 league match on Tuesday, has left cricket fans shocked and anxious.

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The PWD department had in a letter to the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) withdrew the licence to all the nine stands in the stadium, putting a question mark on the match. The Chennai police too sent a show cause notice to TNCA, asking why the match should not be cancelled.

A local MLA in whose constituency the stadium is located, J Anbazhagan, said on Tuesday that the government’s decision was politically motivated.

Questioning how the fans could be deprived of a match, he said, “I am very sad for cricket fans. Being a die-hard cricket fan myself, I cannot digest this decision.”

Aditya Shankar, a CSK supporter was all fire at Jayalalithaa government and questioned how the stands, after hosting six matches, suddenly turned unsafe for people. He said unlike at the airport, not an inch of the ceiling came off anywhere, nor did the stands seem weak despite supporting the collective weight of thousands of fans.

“With Chennai Super Kings needing a win to bolster its position in the top four rankings, if the match gets cancelled and it has to share a point with Delhi Daredevils, it would be cruel joke on the CSK fans,” said Aditya, 22, a marketing professional.

He would be among the thousands of fans, TNCA officials and cricket establishment looking to Delhi where a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court will on Tuesday hear a plea by the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association seeking de-sealing of three stands in the MA Chidambaram stadium.

The CSK versus DD match is slated today at Chepauk stadium.

The Jayalalithaa government has earlier too taken on the cricket establishment, on the Sri Lankan players issue, declaring that it would not allow Sri Lankan players to play in Chennai, following which eliminators were shifted out of Chennai. Tuesday’s match was the last league fixture.


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