Cauvery turmoil forces BCCI to shift CSK home matches to Pune

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Cauvery turmoil forces BCCI to shift CSK home matches to Pune

However, CSK are not playing a home match before April 20 and situation may get better before the clash against Rajasthan Royals.

The BCCI is likely to shift the two T20 play-off matches in Pune on May 23 and 25 to alternative venues as the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium is set to host six home matches of Chennai. I was told that by media but it is not true. In the meantime, we can decide upon a substitute venue.

Shukla had also spoken to the Union Home Secretary on Tuesday, seeking government intervention in smooth conduct of IPL matches in Chennai.

Committee of Administrator (CoA) Vinod Rai confirmed that the prevailing situation has forced them to explore options. "As of now, the alternative venue has not been finalised". They are Visakhapatnam, Trivandrum, Pune and Rajkot. He said, "If the matches are not stopped, the CSK team should wear black bands".

"We have to keep in mind the prevailing political and security situation in the State". But we have told the CSK franchise to evaluate the current situation and take a final call in this regard. "It will be CSK's decision", Rai was quoted as saying. "CSK is not averse to shifting base to Pune", IPL Governing Council chairman Rajeev Shukla said.

Massive protests were witnessed on Tuesday ahead of the match between CSK and Kolkata Knight Riders and an identified protestor flung a shoe at CSK's Ravindra Jadeja during the match.

T Velmurugan of Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi submitted a request to the Chennai Police Commissioner asking him to ensure the IPL match does not take place on April 10 until Cauvery Mangement Board is formed but the match was held as scheduled.

On Wednesday, Tamil "Superstar" Rajinikanth condemned the alleged attack on three policemen during the anti-IPL protests over the Cauvery issue, drawing sharp reaction from a group of pro-Tamil film-makers.

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