Chennai: Chepauk will no longer host Chennai Super Kings' home games after the Indian Premier League (IPL) governing body decided to move their remaining fixtures from Chennai to Pune due to the ongoing protests over Cauvery water crises.
The MS Dhoni-led side, were making their comeback in the tournament after the two-year absence. The joy of homecoming was short lived and once again the stadium will witness empty stands, after just one game.
Three Naam Tamilar Katchi (NTK) workers on Tuesday were detained for hurling shoes inside the Chepauk stadium, Chennai, during the match between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
Chennai: Protest by various groups outside MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk, intensifies. They are agitating against #CSKvsKKR IPL match to be held at 8 pm. Heavy Police force deployed. #CauveryManagementBoard. pic.twitter.com/eFcOIfhcAt— ANI (@ANI) April 10, 2018
Before the ninth over of the KKR innings, a shoe was hurled where Ravindra Jadeja was fielding as CSK officials and police manned the boundary rope. Later, Faf du Plessis, who was not a part of the playing XI, was seen carrying the shoe out of the field of play.
Ravindra Jadeja, on Wednesday took to Twitter to send across a message to fans after the team’s Indian Premier League (IPL) home matches were moved out of the city.
Speaking on the issue, NTK leader Seeman on Wednesday said that they would protest on Thursday and would ensure that CSK’s match against Rajasthan Royals in the city on April 20 will not happen.
Along with Jadeja, other CSK players like Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir, Sam Billings, Shane Watson and the members of the support staff took to micro blogging site Twitter to express their disappointment after the shift in venue.
சென்னையில் விளையாட முடியாமல் போனதில் மனம் உடைந்தது.பிற மண்ணில் களம் கண்டாலும், தமிழ் பாசமும்-நேசமும் துளியும் குறையாது.மீண்டும் சந்திப்போம் என்ற நம்பிக்கையுடன், எங்கள் மீது அளவுகடந்த அன்பு வைத்திருக்கும் தமிழ்நாடு ரசிகர்களிடம் இருந்து விடைபெறுகிறேன்.வழக்கம்போல கீச்சுக்கள் தொடரும்— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 11, 2018
Here's exactly what Harbhajan tweeted
Heart breaking news..no more ipl games in chennai.. fans have waited two years for CSK to play in front of them at home..hope all the issues get solved soon and matches comes back to chennai soon...Thank u for your love,wishes,prayers would be needed all the time..— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 11, 2018
Very sad for our team @ChennaiIPL and the fans here in Chennai that we won't be playing anymore games here this season. The atmosphere last game was incredible. Let's hope this situation in Tamil Nadu is sorted out asap. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻— Shane Watson (@ShaneRWatson33) April 12, 2018
Extremely sad to leave chennai.All I got here is warm welcome and unconditional love.Hopefully everything will be good when we come back here next year.Pls keep supporting us.yendrendrum anbudan ungal udanpirava sagotharan ❤️ #vettaikku ready a ?— Imran Tahir (@ImranTahirSA) April 12, 2018
Sad to be leaving Chennai today. Great to be back and again experience the love and passion the Tamil Nadu fans have for cricket and CSK. I trust a ‘peaceful’ resolution is found soon for the problems at hand. Thanks to everyone for making the team so welcome.— Stephen Fleming (@SPFleming7) April 11, 2018
Very sad that we have to play our remaining home games away from Chennai. Feeling for the players and the fans but also hoping for a peaceful and swift resolution to the current problems. Thanks for the incredible support of all the Csk fans— Mike Hussey (@mhussey393) April 12, 2018
Gutted that we have had to move from Chepauk, the atmosphere was unbelievable!— Sam Billings (@sambillings) April 11, 2018
Thoughts with the fan who was badly hurt last night, no one should go to watch & end up in hospital. Hope he recovers soon & all issues are resolved.
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