Chennai home matches to be moved due to security concerns

Posted April 13, 2018

Chennai will play their next game against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on April 15.

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.

Massive anti-IPL protests by pro-Tamil groups had erupted outside the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday, ahead of CSK's first home game of the season against Kolkata Knight Riders.

CSK's head coach Stephen Fleming also took to Twitter to express his sorrow over the decision.

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Tamil outfit has also threatened to let loose snakes into the Chepauk stadium to protest over the Cauvery water dispute issue if another match of the cricket league is held at the venue.

The matches in Chennai were expected to draw huge crowds as the home team returned to the IPL after a two-year suspension due to a corruption scandal.

That said, there are still some factors that may derail Chennai's IPL 2018 campaign.

Thiruvananthapuram MP and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor too said on Wednesday the matches would be played at Thiruvananthapuram's Sports Hub if the BCCI made a decision to shift the venue to Kerala.

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Several Chennai Super Kings stars, including Harbhajan and Suresh Raina have reacted to Chepauk losing its home matches this season.

It's not the first time Chennai have had to play away from home.

Vishakhapatnam was also one of the favourites to host CSK's home matches but MS Dhoni reportedly preferred Pune and that helped the western city to get the nod. "The BCCI and the proprietors of CSK must allow the players to do so". The protesters hurled shoes into the stadium during the match which raised concerns over players safety. Raina, who has only recently found a place back in the Indian cricket team, was sad about missing out on the single match. They took to violent means by hurling shoes when the match was in progress, forcing organizers of IPL and the owners of CSK franchise to consider shifting the remaining matches out of Chennai.

The drought-prone state has witnessed mounting protests in recent weeks over a disputed accord with neighbouring Karnataka on how to share water from the key Cauvery river, a hot-button issue in southern India.

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