Blow for CSK as Raina out of next two IPL matches

Leaving Chennai was always going to be tough for the Chennai Super Kings players who would now be playing their left home games at their new adopted home in Pune.

During their match with KKR on Tuesday, a shoe was thrown at CSK's Faf Du Plessis and Ravindra Jadeja from the stands. "Hopefully, a call will be taken tomorrow", a CSK insider told PTI on Wednesday.

As the movement and protests surrounding the Cauvery Row dispute are gathering fierce steam in Tamil Nadu, the BCCI and the IPL board have chose to shift the matches scheduled in Chennai to alternate venues.

The hero from CSK's last and the only home game this season, Sam Billings felt "gutted" and lauded the atmosphere in Chennai and termed it as "unbelievable". "Normally they [the IPL governing council] will give a list of venues available", he said.

Visakhapatnam, Thiruvananthapuram, and Rajkot were considered by CSK after the BCCI had listed them as stand-by venues.

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Chennai Super Kings CEO Kasi Vishwanathan was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo, "Because of the volatile situation we have been apprised that it is better to reschedule the games". 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.

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. "It will be CSK's decision", Rai said earlier.

The CSK management is downcast that the matches are moving out of Chennai. Before the match, thousands of activists descended on the road leading to the stadium, asking fans to boycott the tournament, while reports of violent scuffles between fans and agitators also emerged. They braved the protests that happened outside Chepauk regarding the Cauvery issue to come out and support their beloved franchise and Chennai rewarded them with a thrilling win.

Tamil Nadu has been witnessing protests for the past one week, urging the Centre to constitute the Cauvery Management Board (CMB).

  • Toni Ryan