Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

IPL: Pune to host CSK's 'home' matches

IPL: Pune to host CSK's 'home' matches

He will miss CSK's next two IPL games against Kings XI Punjab on April 15 and Rajasthan Royals on April 20.

The venue had hosted Chennai Super Kings' game against Kolkata Knight Riders on Tuesday (April 10) under extraordinary circumstances that saw protests and rallies in the roads leading to the stadium.

The prevailing political and security situation has forced this decision, Vinod Rai, head of the BCCI's Committee of Administrators, told agencies.

As the movement and protests surrounding the Cauvery Row dispute are gathering fierce steam in Tamil Nadu, the BCCI and the IPL board have chose to shift the matches scheduled in Chennai to alternate venues. CSK's home games will be played in Pune instead.

Former Australian allrounder Shane Watson also took to Twitter and said that he loved the atmosphere on offer in the first game of the IPL.

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Hours after Chennai Super Kings lost their home advantage for the rest of the 2018 season, they suffered another blow with Suresh Raina being ruled out of the side's next two matches because of a calf injury. In this blog, let us see the three factors that may derail Chennai's charge in the Vivo IPL 201. Pune was finalised since CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is familiar with the conditions having played two seasons with Rising Pune Supergiant.

Cricket officials initially resisted calls to move the matches out of Chennai but agreed after Tuesday's protests. "It will be CSK's decision", Rai was quoted as saying.

Chennai losing out on matches has left CSK fans and cricket lovers in the city disappointed.

Tensions reached a high-point when shoes were flung at CSK players inside the MA Chidambaram Stadium. The first of seven scheduled in the southern city was held yesterday, but amid much drama: hundreds of activists launched protests right outside the Chepauk Stadium hours before the match. While there was no confirmation that the shoe-throwing incident was directly related to the Cauvery river water issue, it was the likely cause. The team management is evaluating Raina's recovery time but mentioned that his participation in the next match "looks unlikely".

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