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IPL 2018: Bad News for Chennai Super Kings Supporters as home games moved out of the city

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After witnessing huge protests around chepauk on Tuesday, 10 April, ahead of the match between CSK and Kolkata Knight Riders, the remaining home matches of CSK in the IPL 2018 have been moved away from the home venue.

With numbers of protestor increasing, state police were not sure of providing adequate security to the fans and players for the upcoming matches due to the protests over Cauvery water sharing dispute that had also threatened to rock the opening game on Tuesday.

Things got worse when an identified protestor flung a shoe at CSK’s Ravindra Jadeja and Faf du Plessis. during the match.

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According to Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, the ticket sales for the match between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) to be held on April 20 at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, has also been postponed.

BCCI has now short-listed four cities to host Chennai Super King’s home matches after the IPL franchise was told to consider shifting base due to the Cauvery water dispute, which has created a volatile political situation in the state, CoA chief Vinod Rai said.

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“We are thinking on the lines of shifting the IPL matches from Chennai. There are four alternative venues that BCCI has kept ready. They are Visakhapatnam, Trivandrum, Pune and Rajkot. CSK can play their matches at these venues,” Rai told PTI.

“We have to keep in mind the prevailing political and security situation in the state. But we have told the CSK franchise to evaluate the current situation and take a final call in this regard. It will be CSK’s decision,”.

CSK’s next home match is on April 20 and situation might improve before the clash against Rajasthan Royals.

IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla had also spoken to the Union Home Secretary on Tuesday, seeking government intervention to ensure smooth coordination of IPL matches in Chennai.