Chennai's home games shifted to Pune due to security concerns

Kedar Jadhav

Raina, who is the mainstay of CSK batting line-up, has been ruled out of games versus Kings XI Punjab on Sunday (April 15) and against Rajasthan Royals on Friday (April 20).

Chennai is in the grip of a water crisis and there were plenty of protests during CSK's first home match against Kolkata Knight Riders.

Massive protests were witnessed on Tuesday ahead of the match between CSK and Kolkata Knight Riders and a protestor flung a shoe at CSK's Ravindra Jadeja during the match. That was conveyed to BCCI, and they have to take a decision now.

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. Similarly, 10 people were arrested for allegedly attacking a policeman while staging anti-IPL protests, another release said. But according to Shukla, "CSK are not averse to playing in Pune" and that's why the Board made a decision to go with the venue.

This will be the first time the left-hander, will miss a game for the Chennai Super Kings. "It is sad and we are disappointed", he added.

The BCCI had short-listed four cities to host the Super Kings' remaining matches but eventually, Pune was finalised since CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is familiar with the conditions having played two seasons with Rising Pune Supergiant at the venue.

Shoes were hurled at Chennai players on the boundary ropes during the match. "Let's hope this situation in Tamil Nadu is sorted out asap", tweeted Former Australian cricketer Shane Watson, who was signed by CSK this season. The players have shown to what it means to play for CSK and it has become the team to beat again. 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. "CSK is not averse to shifting base to Pune", IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla said to TOI.

The snakes will not be poisonous as the intention is not to harm anybody, but to only express angst over the delay in formation of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB), Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi (TVK) chief T Velmurugan said.

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