The political tensions in the state of Tamil Nadu over the formation of the ‘Cauvery Management Board’ bubbled over during the Chennai Super Kings’ first home game against Kolkata Knight Riders, leading to an incident of ‘shoe flinging’ from members of a protesting group.
During the eighth over of the match, members, supposedly of a fringe political group, bearing red flags, flung shoes into the ground from the ‘F Upper’ stand of the stadium.
The footwear landed close to Ravindra Jadeja and two of CSK’s reserve players – Faf du Plessis and Lungi Ngidi – standing on either side of the long-on boundary. Police force deployed inside the stadium quickly rushed to action and arrested the three perpetrators and whisked them away from the stadium.
The incident brought to light the concern of player and spectator safety under the prevailing cloud of tension in the city. In fact, several political groups opposed the conduct of the match in Chennai.
Eminent personalities, including members of the state’s film industry, had urged the Chennai Super Kings to show solidarity by not playing in this political climate.
There were also requests for the team to sport black armbands in a supposed show of support. The Super Kings management took assurance from the State Police, who had promised adequate security arrangements and went ahead with the game.