Controversy erupted after reigning champions, the Chennai Super Kings purchased Sri Lankan army cricketer Maheesh Theekshana to join the Tamil Nadu-based franchise.
The news: The hashtags #Boycott_ChennaiSuperKings and #DontNormaliseTamilGenocide was widely shared on social media platforms as news spread of the Sri Lankan Army Corporal joining the team.
IPL 2022: Boycott CSK trends on Twitter after auction
- Under the hashtag, people demand a boycott of the four-time IPL champions because it has purchased Maheesh Theekshana.
- The CSK bought Maheesh, a Sri Lankan fast bowler, for Rs 70 lakh to play the IPL 2022 during the IPL 2022 mega auction, held in Bengaluru.
- Maheesh was a target of social media users since he is Sinhalese.
- The 21-year-old has previously praised the Sri Lankan army, which has been accused of committing mass atrocities and genocide, for its involvement in cricket on the island.
The backstory: The Sinhalese soldiers are accused of having committed war crimes against Tamilians in Sri Lanka during the military action against LTTE in 2009.
The group was established to end alleged Sri Lankan government atrocities against Tamils and demand an independent Tamil state in Sri Lanka.