Following threats by fringe groups in Tamil Nadu against IPL players and amid the call to boycott the tournament over the Cauvery issue, the state's cricket association has laid down strong rules for spectators before Tuesday's IPL encounter between the Chennai Super Kings and the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Chidambaram Stadium.
The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association has issued that mobile phones, banners, flags, and boards will been banned.
Restrictions have also been imposed on electronic items and musical instruments, while re-entry into the stadium has been banned.
The decision reportedly took place following a meeting between IPL security and the Tamil Nadu police.
The IPL has become a point of contention over the last few days as various groups have called for the showpiece cricket tournament to not be held in the states at a time that farmers are suffering. A number of political leaders have joined the IPL boycott call, including TTV Dhinakaran of the AMMK.
(A viral poster calling for the IPL to be boycotted)
However, speaking to Republic TV, IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla had refused to call off Tuesday's match in Chennai. They've asked for more security, he said, imploring for the IPL to not be mixed with politics.
"We respect farmers but IPL has nothing to do with this", Shukla said.
The IPL will return to the city after a gap of two years on Tuesday following CSK's absence on account of the spot-fixing scandal. CSK won their return match in Mumbai on Saturday after beating defending champions Mumbai Indians in a thrilling encounter.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Monday pulled up the central government directing it to furnish a draft of the implementation plan of the apex court's February 16 judgment on the Cauvery water-sharing.
"Multiple people depend on water from the Cauvery river. The water should be released as per the Supreme Court's orders", CJI Dipak Misra ordered.