Cauvery row: IPL matches to be shifted out of Chennai

Kedar Jadhav

Kedar Jadhav

Ahead of Cauvery protest by farmers in Chennai the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has reportedly chose to shift the IPL matches that have been scheduled to be held in Chennai's Chepauk Stadium.

The prevailing political and security situation has forced this decision, Vinod Rai, head of the BCCI's Committee of Administrators, told agencies. The move comes on the back of anti-IPL protests across the state and a day after two protesters hurled slippers on the field during a CSK vs KKR match. But according to IPL sources, Visakhapatnam is front-runner from among alternate venues, with Pune and Rajkot being the others.

The Super Kings next scheduled home match was set for Friday April 20 against the Rajasthan Royals.

The Maharashtra Cricket Association president Abhay Apte told ESPNcricinfo he had requested the IPL to consider Pune as CSK's alternative home venue.

After an exciting finish in CSK's first game against MI, we witnessed another breathtaking game between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders.

Four cities have emerged as contenders to host Chennai Super Kings' home matches.

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The protestors claimed that preventing the match from happening would also help in highlighting the fact that the Centre has been deceiving Tamil Nadu by stalling the formation of Cauvery Management Board as directed by the Supreme Court.

The IPL matches in Chennai are being played after a period of two years as the CSK was banned in the previous two editions of the league. The incident took place in the 8th over of the KKR innings, when the shoe hit both Jadeja - standing at long on - and Faf du Plessis, who was at the boundary along with Lungi Ngidi.

A Tamil outfit also threatened to unleash snakes at the M A Chidambaram stadium as hundreds of Cauvery protesters briefly took over key roads leading to the venue in a bid to disrupt the first match of this season in the city.

Violent protests on Tuesday ahead of the match saw clashes between police and protesters, mostly belonging to fringe political parties in Tamil Nadu.

Traffic on arterial Anna Salai was affected for more than three hours and vehicles were seen piled up to a distance of about two km in view of the protests near the Anna Salai junction leading to the cricket stadium. His knock of 88 runs just of 36 balls included 11 massive sixes and will go down as one of the most memorable innings by a KKR player in an IPL match.

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