With the Cauvery dispute snowballing, it seems, in all probability, Chepauk/MA Chidambaram will not be hosting matches for Chennai Super Kings (CSK). This decision has already drawn a lot of flak from CSK fans. Ever since the news broke, four venues were doing the rounds — Visakhapatnam, Thiruvananthapuram, Pune and Rajkot — for becoming Chennai’s home. But in all likelihood, it seems Pune will edge out other cities in this race, hinted Indian Premier League CEO, Rajiv Shukla.
“We had decided to hold IPL matches in Chennai on police’s assurance that adequate security would be provided. But today Chennai Police informed IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) that they won’t be able to do it. Keeping this in mind, the other six matches will be held at other venues,” Shukla told ANI.
“There are a number of venues, but most likely Pune will be chosen as an alternative venue in lieu of Chennai. The proposal has been sent to the Governing Council for approval,” he added.
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 11, 2018
Earlier, Chennai Super Kings hosted Kolkata Knight Riders on April 11 at Chepauk amidst the Cauvery Water Row, hence the security was also beefed up. The agitation was led by 21 Naam Tamilar Katchi (NTK) party workers, who were arrested and sent to Puzhal Central Prison for holding protests demanding the constitution of Cauvery Management Board outside Chennai’s Chepauk Stadium and in a bid to stop the match against KKR.
— Ravindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) April 11, 2018
They also hurled shoes at Ravindra Jadeja and Faf du Plessis from the stands. Jadeja, however, took to Twitter to show love towards CSK fans, despite a shoe being thrown at him.