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Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Will miss playing in Chennai: CSK players disappointed over venue shift

Will miss playing in Chennai: CSK players disappointed over venue shift

CSK's successive "home" matches on 28th April (Vs MI), 30th April (Vs DD), 05th May (Vs RCB), 13th May (SRH) and 20th May (KXIP) would now be held in Pune.

There were protests and disruption of traffic by fringe political outfits over the Cauvery issue before and during CSK's first home game in over two years - against Kolkata Knight Riders - here on Tuesday.

Chennai was scheduled to host seven matches of IPL 2018, the first of which was held on Tuesday where they prevailed over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in a high-scoring thriller by five wickets. "We then conveyed the same to the BCCI".

The Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) decision to shift Indian Premier League (IPL) matches out of Chennai has left Chennai Super Kings' off-spinner Harbhajan Singh heartbroken.

CSK still have six home games to play with all fixtures still set for their original dates. Four options had been shortlisted for the home matches, including Pune, Visakhapatnam, Thiruvananthapuram, and Rajkot according to sources.

"We are thinking on the lines of shifting the IPL matches from Chennai. It will be CSK's decision", Rai was quoted as saying.

Shoes were hurled at Chennai players on the boundary ropes during the match. Great to be back and again experience the love and passion, the Tamil Nadu fans have for cricket and CSK.

Chennai losing out on matches has left CSK fans and cricket lovers in the city disappointed. After the authorities couldn't promise further security for the upcoming games, the BCCI chose to shift CSK's base to Pune.

Tensions reached a high-point when shoes were flung at CSK players inside the MA Chidambaram Stadium. Before the match, thousands of activists descended on the road leading to the stadium, asking fans to boycott the tournament, while reports of violent scuffles between fans and agitators also emerged.

Cauvery water issue has roped in IPL and people from the state are demanding ban on IPL.

Tamil Nadu has been witnessing protests for the past one week, urging the Centre to constitute the Cauvery Management Board (CMB).

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