IPL 2018: CSK players sad about home matches being shifted to Pune

Chennai Super Kings won the first match dramatically

Massive anti-IPL protests in Chennai during CSK, KKR match; protesters hurl shoes on ground

Tamil Nadu in the past few weeks has seen massive protest relating to the Cauvery water protest, with even the state police failing to assure protection to the fans and players during the games at the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai, the BCCI and the IPL council on Thursday made a decision to shift games to Pune.

Senior batsman Suresh Raina also took to Twitter to say he would miss "our home ground" and the fans.

Earlier, talking to IANS on phone, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Chief Executive Officer K.S. Viswanathan said: "We talked to the Chennai's Commissioner of Police over the issue".

News agency ANI has quoted sources and stated that the remaining CSK matches have been cancelled.

The CSK management is downcast that the matches are moving out of Chennai.

BCCI acting president CK Khanna said: "CSK is fully co-operating with the BCCI and the best available solution will be availed". CSK has played some of its "home" matches in the past at Ranchi. They may be forced to play Murali Vijay as an opener and get Ambati Rayudu down the order even though the latter has been prepared to counter the new ball in this edition of the IPL. 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.

Unfortunately for Chennai and its fans, that could be the last bit of emotional stamp in their memories for the remainder of the IPL 2018 season after the rest of the side's home games were moved to Pune due to security reasons.

Chennai Super Kings is one of the most consistent franchises in the history of T20 cricket can be testified by multiple IPL and Champions League titles to go with a plethora of appearances in the finals of a marquee event.

Refunds for tickets purchased for the six IPL games at the Chepauk stadium, which have now been shifted to Pune, will be given from April 14 to April 20.

During Tuesday's game, the team told the sellout crowd they will not be allowed to take mobile phones, bags or other electronic devices into the stadium.

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