IPL matches to be shifted out of Chennai: Rajeev Shukla

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CSK next play Kings XI Punjab in Mohali on April 15 and Rajasthan Royals in a home game on April 20.

The arrested party workers were charged for beating up policemen on duty who were deployed to curb the protest and ensure the match to be held between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) was played without trouble.

Demonstrations marred Chennai's winning return to the IPL after a two-year ban for corruption on Tuesday night, against Kolkata Knight Riders, and when a threat to unleash snakes followed it prompted the officials to act.

Protesters had reportedly beaten up cricket fans in the lead-up to the highly-anticipated home game in Chepauk, which was hosting its first CSK match in two years. Interestingly the venue of the matches has been changed, however, the changed venue has not been finalised as yet.

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In what will come as a massive setback to Chennai Super Kings, the home games will now be shifted out of the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai owing to the Cauvery Water dispute.

Though it's not an ideal situation for the CSK team because they had prepared for IPL with the Chepauk home conditions in mind, financially the biggest losers will be the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) and the state government. "But today they [local authorities] informed CSK that they will not be able to handle security", IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla told reporters on Wednesday. "Thanks for the incredible support of all the Csk fans", Hussey said. "He briefed me about the situation and apprised (me) that in the current situation, it's better to reschedule the matches in Chennai".

Political parties and outfits have been demanding that IPL matches not be held at this time, saying the state is witnessing widespread agitations on the vexed issue.

While the fans have been left disheartened by the move, so have been the CSK players who wanted to repay the enthusiastic home crowd with deserved cricket. 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. While there was no confirmation that the shoe-throwing incident was directly related to the Cauvery river water issue, it was the likely cause.

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