Chennai: With the political temperature mounting, the latest salvo from Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa left no room for negotiations. Hher message was clear, making making no effort at subtlety, the AIADMK supremo said, "In view of the popular antipathy and anger in Tamil Nadu against the actions of the Government of Sri Lanka, the Government of Tamil Nadu is of the view that IPL matches involving Sri Lankan players, umpires and other officials should not be played in Tamil Nadu."
Once Jayalalithaa put her foot down, IPL bosses had no way out. Reports suggested they were working towards a compromise formula where the two players in the Chennai Super Kings squad were withdrawn but the Chief Minister's letter left no room negotiation and the decision to pull Sri Lankan players from all games in Chennai was made.
Thirteen Sri Lankan players are contracted to various IPL franchises among them some of the world's most well recognised players and it was evident the Sri Lankan government wasn't shying away from a confrontation.
Clearly, this is a deeply divisive issue politically and while the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister appears to have had her way, her critics have lashed out at what they call political posturing.
A couple of officials who spoke to CNN-IBN said they would accept the decision, although it does affect impact their teams negatively. Clearly, with the tournament starting in less than a week, there wasn't too much breathing space.