In the backdrop of the protests against Sri Lanka in the run-up to the United Nations Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva where a U.S.-backed resolution will come up for voting, The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association has sought permission from the Chennai Police to conduct IPL matches, beginning here on April 6. “The TNCA has submitted an application seeking Public Resort Licence... and we are examining it. No decision has been taken yet…,” a senior police officer said.

The 20 Asian Athletics Championship, scheduled to have been held here in July this year, was cancelled after Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said her government would not host the event since the participation of Sri Lankan athletes would hurt the feelings of the Tamils. When contacted, Sri Lanka Cricket president Upali Dharmadasa dismissed rumours that Sri Lankan players were told to withdraw from the IPL.