Podcast | IPL 2018: Chennai no longer the home for Super Kings

Podcast | IPL 2018: Chennai no longer the home for Super Kings

Podcast | IPL 2018: Chennai no longer the home for Super Kings

However, on Wednesday, a Tamil protest group threatened to take extraordinary action by releasing snakes during Chennai's next game on April 20 against Rajasthan Royals if it was not moved to another city.

Police tried to force protesters on to buses outside the stadium in Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state, where the Kings were to play their first home match since a two-year ban for illegal gambling was lifted.

Massive protests were witnessed on Tuesday ahead of the match between CSK and KKR and an identified protestor flung a shoe at CSK's Ravindra Jadeja during the match. "We are ready", a Maharashtra Cricket Association official told mid-day. The centre, they say, is playing politics over the issue and a blanket cancellation, they expect, will drive the message home. "Pune has better connectivity, so it was decided that CSK shift base to Pune", the source said.

Chennai Super Kings will have a new home in Pune. In his tweet, he remarked that despite the miscreants hurling shoes at the players, the players still have a lot of love for their fans in Chennai. Pune was finalised since CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is familiar with the conditions having played two seasons with Rising Pune Supergiant. "Let's hope this situation in Tamil Nadu is sorted out asap".

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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. The decision to move to Pune was not hard for the team as Punekars have already developed a good connect with Dhoni while he played for Pune team.

The CSK management is downcast that the matches are moving out of Chennai. "It will be CSK's decision", Rai, a former Comptroller and Auditor General, said. "The BCCI and the proprietors of CSK must allow the players to do so". Raina, who has only recently found a place back in the Indian cricket team, was sad about missing out on the single match.

Activists protest outside the MA Chidhambram Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday. Notably, the two neighboring states in South India have been at loggerheads for more than a decade over the river-sharing issue.

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