New Delhi, April 11: The IPL 2018 matches that were scheduled to be held in Chennai is now likely to be organised in Pune, informed IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla. Earlier in the day, the venue was shifted from Chennai amid massive protests over Cauvery Management Board.
According to news agency ANI, Shukla said, “We had decided to hold all IPL matches in Chennai on police’s assurance that adequate security would be provided. But today Chennai Police informed CSK that they won’t be able to do it. So matches are now being shifted. Pune is one of our options.” According to reports, four cities Thiruvananthapuram, Visakhapatnam, Rajkot, and Pune have been shortlisted where remaining matches can be organized.
Tamil Nadu Cricket Association also postponed the sale of tickets for the match to be played between CSK and Rajasthan Royals on 20th April. The development comes after series of protests witnessed during the first match played in Chennai on Tuesday.
Protesters were seen hurling shoes on the players during the match on Tuesday. Police have also arrested 21 Naam Tamilar Katchi (NTK) party workers and sent to Puzhal Central Prison for hurling shoes inside the Chepauk stadium. The arrested party workers were also charged with beating up policemen on duty. The protesters were protesting against holding of the IPL matches in Tamil Nadu amid the raging Cauvery protests. Tamil Superstars Rajinikanth also condemned the alleged attack on policemen.
Tamil Nadu has been witnessing protests for the past one week, urging the Centre to constitute the Cauvery Management Board (CMB). On Sunday, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) also launched ‘Cauvery Retrieval Walk‘ in regard to this. The Supreme Court had on February 16 pronounced its verdict on the vexed dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The apex court directed Karnataka to release 177.25 thousand million cubic feet (tmcft) of water to Tamil Nadu. This reduced Tamil Nadu’s share of Cauvery water by 14.75 tmcft from the 192 tmcft allocated by a tribunal in 2007.
The next match in Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium was scheduled to be held on April 20 between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals (RR). The revised venue for the match is yet to be announced.