Tamil Nadu MLA SP Venkateshwaran has demanded a ban on Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings in the recent State Assembly session. These comments were made ahead of CSK’s upcoming game at MA Chidambaram stadium where they will be hosting the Sanju Samson-led Rajasthan Royals.
While speaking in the State Assembly, SP Venkateshwaran requested the Tamil Nadu government to ban the Chennai Super Kings as they don’t have any players from the State. He further raised concerns about CSK branding themselves as a Tamil Nadu team and profiting from it without any local players.
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He said, "Even though there are talented players in Tamil Nadu, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team has not selected even one player from the State. They are making a profit from our people by advertising as if they are a Tamil Nadu team."
Responding to these comments, Sports Minister Udhayanidhi Stalin questioned how the AIADMK gave away passes to legislators to watch matches when Chennai didn't host any of them in four years. He said, "This is the first time we are hosting matches in four years. Moreover, the IPL is managed by the BCCI. Jay Shah, son of your close friend Amit Shah, is the head of BCCI. Ask them for tickets. If we ask for tickets, they won't listen to us. But they will listen to you."
Talking about Chennai Super Kings 2023 season, the MS Dhoni led side has gradually improved in the tournament after a loss in their opening fixture against the defending champs Gujarat Titans. After the defeat, Super Kings took down the Lucknow Super Kings at home in incredible fashion.
Then in the third match, the four-time champions took their fierce rivals Mumbai Indians in another dominant win on the back of an all-round effort. The Yellow Army is placed fifth on the table with four points and a net run rate of +0.356.