IPL matches scheduled to be held in Chennai for the ongoing 2018 season are set to be moved out of the city due to security concerns.
As per a report on Cricbuzz, Chennai Super Kings are to be assigned a new home venue in light of the protests during the first match at MA Chidambaram Stadium and threats to disrupt upcoming fixtures.
Ticket sales for the next game in Chennai, against Rajasthan Royals on April 20, have been put on hold on Wednesday (April 11).
BCCI has given Chennai Super Kings four choices – Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Vizag and Hyderabad as the probable venues for the rest of the seven home games, as per a report on Times of India.
Chennai hosted its first IPL game in three years since their return to the competition, against Kolkata Knight Riders on April 10. However, the lead-up to the game was not a peaceful one, with several political parties protesting near the ground. Their demand being the games to be moved out of Chennai until the Cauvery River water issue, Tamil Nadu’s long-standing dispute with Karnataka, is resolved.
Protests involved disrupting traffic, burning of CSK flags, eye witness accounts also revealing protesters forcibly removing CSK jerseys from fans getting to the ground.
Trouble was not limited to outside the ground. In the eight over of KKR’s innings, a small group of spectators threw shoes in the vicinity of CSK players. Shoes were found near Ravindra Jadeja, who was fielding at the long-on boundary and Faf du Plessis, who was carrying drinks near the boundary ropes.
This isn’t the first time CSK have been forced to play their home games outside. In 2014, the franchise had to adopt Ranchi as ‘home ground’ after Sri Lankan players were banned from playing in the state.