Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings is portrayed as a team of Tamil Nadu but doesn't have a single player from Tamil Nadu. IMG SRC: CSK

A PMK MLA has made an unusual demand with respect to the Chennai Super Kings in the legislative assembly of Tamil Nadu. The PMK MLA named P Venkateshwaran from Dharmapuri made this demand to “ban CSK” in the state of Tamil Nadu. This demand was on the grounds that the CSK team doesn’t have a single player from the state of Tamil Nadu. And this means that the men in yellow do not give an opportunity to local players. Here is an in-depth look: 

“Ban Chennai Super Kings”, Says PMK MLA: 

It was a debate on the topic of the Demand for Grants for Sports and Youth Welfare Department, where the PMK MLA made this unusual comment. The basic request of Venkateswaran was to ban the CSK games in Tamil Nadu as the team doesn’t give an opportunity to any of the local players. Moreover, the team markets and brands itself as a state representative team of Tamil Nadu.  

Narayan Jagadeesan Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings have had players like Jagadeesan but they have failed to perform and were dropped on that account. IMG SRC: Tamil Nadu

Earlier CSK had players from Tamil Nadu. They have had the likes of N Jagadeesan, Subramaniam Badrinath, and L Balaji playing for them. But this year, they do not have any such player. Here is what Venkateshwaran said, “There are several talented players in the state but the Chennai Super Kings team hasn’t given them a chance to play in the IPL. But the team takes pride that it is from Tamil Nadu. They are making money out of Tamil pride but not giving chance to people from the state” 

Fun Moment in the Debate: 

The debate also witnessed a few lighter moments. One such moment came when one of the MLAs asked for free passes to the CSK games held at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. It was AIADMK MLA S P Velumani who sought these “passes” or “tickets” to the games.  

Jay Shah Chennai Super Kings
Politicians have always had access to cricket. Jay Shah was given a special entry into the BCCI. IMG SRC: BCCI.

He said, “Last year the passes were given to the members of the legislative assembly. It was the AIADMK government that started this practice, but the DMK government hasn’t followed the same since being in power” In a hilarious response to this, Sports Minister Udhayanidhi Stalin said, “How did the AIADMK government provide passes to the IPL games if no IPL games have been played in Chennai over the last 4 years!” This left the assembly members and the entire debate panel with lots of laughter. 

No Ban on the Chennai Super Kings: 

Although there was a mention of the ban, no such ban can be imposed on the Chennai Super Kings. This is a clear case of being uninformed. The Chennai Super Kings are a privately owned team. They are not sponsored by the government or owned by the government. They do have support from the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association but that is due to mutual understanding and goodwill.  

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