IPL 2018: Rajinikanth says it's an 'embarrassment' to host cricket in Chennai at a time when Cauvery dispute is on

Tamil superstar Rajinikanth certainly isn't impressed with the idea of staging IPL matches in Chennai at a time when the state is embroiled in the Cauvery dispute

FP Staff, Apr 08, 2018 13:55:40 IST

The 11th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) kicked off on Saturday, with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) overcoming a spirited effort from Mumbai Indians (MI) to register a narrow one-wicket win in the opening game of the tournament at Mumbai.

While CSK's return to the IPL fold has been a cause for celebration for many in the cricket-mad city, Tamil superstar Rajinikanth certainly isn't impressed with the idea of staging IPL matches in Chennai, at a time when the state is embroiled in a dispute over Cauvery river water. He went on to term the decision to host matches in the Tamil Nadu capital an "embarrassment", according to a report on NDTV.

Superstar Rajinikanth addresses a gathering in Chennai on Monday. PTI

File image of Rajinikanth. PTI

The veteran actor, who recently announced his intention to join politics and form his own party, added that the players and fans should sport black armbands to protest the Centre's delay in setting up the Cauvery Management Board (CMB), as directed by the Supreme Court.

Rajinikanth, along with fellow actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan as well as a host of other celebrities protested at Chennai's Valluvar Kottam on Sunday over the Centre's delay in setting up the Cauvery Management Board (CMB). Rajinikanth added that any further delay from New Delhi would earn Tamil Nadu's wrath.

"There has already been a delay," said Rajinikanth, whose party has plans of contesting all 234 seats in the next Assembly election in Tamil Nadu.

When Chennai Super Kings host Kolkata Knight Riders at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on 10 April, it will be the first IPL match to take place in the city in three years. The franchise, along with Rajasthan Royals, had been suspended from the league in 2016 for a period of two years after their owners were found guilty of involvement in corruption, with Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions taking their place for two seasons.

CSK has lifted the IPL trophy twice, in 2010 and 2011.

Updated Date: Apr 08, 2018 13:55:40 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
See Full Table





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254