There was more bad news for Chennai Super Kings on the injury front after Suresh Raina, the man they lovingly called Chinna Thala, was ruled out of CSK's two next matches with a calf injury. In this blog, let us see the three factors that may derail Chennai's charge in the Vivo IPL 201.
Thiruvananthapuram MP and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor too said on Wednesday the matches would be played at Thiruvananthapuram's Sports Hub if the BCCI made a decision to shift the venue to Kerala. After the BCCI and CSK realised that the IPL games are untenable in Chennai because of the prevailing tension over the Cauvery row, the BCCI shortlisted four cities - Pune, Vizag, Trivandrum and Lucknow.
Tuesday's victory over Kolkata was a triumphant return to their home ground after a two-year ban for illegal gambling, but it was soured by angry protests outside the stadium. "The atmosphere last game was incredible", he said. The decision was taken at a joint meeting held in Delhi between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials and IPL organizers. "Thanks for the incredible support of all the Csk fans", Hussey said. The centre, they say, is playing politics over the issue and a blanket cancellation, they expect, will drive the message home.
The city Police expressed their inability to provide adequate security for the remaining home games which eventually forced the management to shift the games to Pune.
The two-time champions had begun their home leg on a winning note after having beaten holders Mumbai Indians in the tournament opener on April 7. The first of seven scheduled in the southern city was held yesterday, but amid much drama: hundreds of activists launched protests right outside the Chepauk Stadium hours before the match.
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 Chennai Super Kings have been dealt another injury blow to begin this season's IPL.
IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla confirmed on Wednesday that upcoming matches of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will be relocated outside the state due to growing security concerns.