Chennai Super Kings have had all of their home games shifted out of Chepauk and Chennai for this season, following multiple protests in the area regarding the Cauvery water dispute.
The protestors had threatened to cause havoc during yesterday’s CSV vs KKR game at the Chepauk, but the police tried to keep everything under control. However, boots were hurled at du Plessis and Jadeja yesterday. BCCI and the IPL governing body have thus decided to shift all of CSK’s games out of Chennai in order to ensure safety of the players.
IPL Chairman, Rajeev Shukla confirmed the news and revealed that Pune is in the running to get all of CSK’s home games for this season.
“We are moving all matches out of Chennai. A final decision will be announced soon. The most likely venue will be Pune,” he was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
Dhoni would thus be returning to his ‘adopted franchise home’, as he had represented the RPSG franchise in the two years that CSK were suspended.
Initial reports had suggested that 4 cities were in the running to become the ‘home venue’ of CSK.
Vizag, Trivandrum, Rajkot and Pune were the shortlisted cities but it now seems that Pune would be getting the privilege to host the CSK franchise.
CSK’s next home game is scheduled for the 20th of April against the KXIP and we could very well be watching that match take place in Pune.
This would come as a huge jolt to all CSK fans in Chennai who had waited 1095 days to see their yellow brigade in action in Chennai.
Will it affect CSK’s chances of making it to the playoffs?