Pune favouite for CSK home games

No more IPL matches in Chennai this season

IPL 2018: BCCI picks 4 stand-by cities for CSK's home matches due to Cauvery turmoil

Tamil Nadu Cricket Association also postponed the sale of tickets for the match to be played between CSK and Rajasthan Royals on 20th April.

The move comes after protests took place outside the Chepauk stadium during Chennai Super Kings' first home game on Tuesday.

Yesterday, thousands of activists descended on Anna Salai, the arterial road near the Chepauk Stadium, asking fans to boycott the cricket match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders. CSK's home games will be played in Pune instead. The MCA Stadium was a full house during the last two editions of the IPL and this assures decent gate revenue for the franchise. Interestingly the venue of the matches has been changed, however, the changed venue has not been finalised as yet.

England all-rounder David Willey has been roped in by the Chennai Super Kings as a replacement for injured Kedar Jadhav for the remainder of the ongoing 11th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

"We are thinking on the lines of shifting the IPL matches from Chennai".

The state government had recommended IPL games be moved out of Chennai because of the protests but said they would provide security if they went ahead."Around 4,000 police personnel will stand guard around the ground".

The 37-year-old, who was bought by CSK from Mumbai Indians at January's auction, wants matches to return to the capital city of the Southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu soon. "Pune will host all the [CSK home] matches", he added.

The Board had earlier short-listed four cities to host CSK's home matches. "Pune has better connectivity, so it was decided that CSK shift base to Pune", the source said. The players have shown to what it means to play for CSK and it has become the team to beat again.

In response, frustrated locals came to blows with police and threw shoes on the field during their first home game on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Tamil "Superstar" Rajinikanth condemned the alleged attack on three policemen during the anti-IPL protests over the Cauvery issue, drawing sharp reaction from a group of pro-Tamil film-makers.

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