The IPL governing council deferred the decision of moving play-off games scheduled to be held in Chennai on May 21stand 22nd.
Due to political pressure, BCCI had asked franchises to avoid fielding their Sri Lankan players in the game games to be played in Chennai. With many Sri Lankans part of IPL, the franchises have since been asking for the qualifier and eliminator rounds to be moved out of Chennai.
Sri Lankans have been regular at IPL since its inception in 2008. Currently three team – Sunrisers Hyderabad, Pune Warriors and Delhi Daredevils – are captained by Kumar Sangakkara, Angelo Matthews and Mahela Jayawardena, respectively. While, Thisara Parera as been key all-rounder for Sunrisers, Royal Challengers Bangalore rely on Muttiah Muralitharan and Tilkaratne Dilsan to guide them through.
Needless to say the franchises aren’t happy about this political turmoil. IPL governing council that recently met in Chennai to discuss the matter, has decided to adopt a wait-and-watch policy. “If the political issue in Tamil Nadu subsides, the question of shifting the games won’t arise,” said a BCCI insider, who attended the meeting. “The playoffs are still a month away, so there is no need to rush into any decision”
*qoutes coutesy: EspnCricinfo