Chennai home matches to be moved due to security concerns

13 April, 2018, 01:21 | Author: Patty Aguilar
  • Kedar Jadhav

With Chenna team forced to shift their remaining six matches of the T20 league out of the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk due to security concerns over the massive Cauvery water dispute protests, the franchise has chose to shift their home base to Pune with immediate effect. Indian batsman Suresh Raina tweeted, "Will miss playing on our home ground and entertaining our #Chennai fans this season..."

According to information, Kasi Viswananthan, Super Kings' chief executive officer, met the Chennai police commissioner and was advised to "reschedule" the matches in the wake of the ongoing protests in the city. After the BCCI and CSK realised that the IPL games are untenable in Chennai because of the prevailing tension over the Cauvery row, the BCCI shortlisted four cities - Pune, Vizag, Trivandrum and Lucknow.

Chennai: Chennai Super Kings' comeback to the Indian Premier League (IPL) after two-year absence seems to have hit a rough patch after two games. The atmosphere last game was incredible.

BCCI acting president CK Khanna said: "CSK is fully co-operating with the BCCI and the best available solution will be availed".

Asked why Pune was selected, an IPL source said that captain Dhoni knows the conditions well and logistically it made sense to have Pune as the new venue instead of Visakhapatnam. The team management is evaluating Raina's recovery time but mentioned that his participation in the next match "looks unlikely".

IPL officials have now decided that Chennai must stage the remainder of their home matches in a new venue, with reports that they will play in Pune.

Tamil Nadu Cricket Association also postponed the sale of tickets for the match to be played between CSK and Rajasthan Royals on 20th April.

Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu state, which has seen volatile protests over the handling of a water-shortage crisis with the authorities saying they could not guarantee security at Super Kings' matches.

CSK's head coach Stephen Fleming also took to Twitter to express his sorrow over the decision. They also staged road blockade at busy roads in the vicinity of MA Chidambaram Stadium.



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