IPL 2018: Chennai Super Kings express dismay after Cauvery protests enforce venue shift

Chennai Super Kings players took to social media to express their disappointment a day after the BCCI was forced to shift the franchise's remaining home fixtures to Pune in the 11th Indian Premier League IPL.

PTI, Apr 12, 2018 15:48:12 IST

New Delhi: Chennai Super Kings players took to social media to express their disappointment a day after the BCCI was forced to shift the franchise's remaining home fixtures to Pune in the 11th Indian Premier League (IPL).

"Very sad for our team @ChennaiIPL and the fans here in Chennai that we won't be playing anymore games here this season. The atmosphere last game was incredible. Let's hope this situation in Tamil Nadu is sorted out asap," tweeted former Australian cricketer Shane Watson, who was signed by CSK this season.

CSK players take the field against KKR at Chennai's MA Chidambaram Stadium. Sportzpics

CSK players take the field against KKR at Chennai's MA Chidambaram Stadium. Sportzpics

"Will miss playing on our home ground and entertaining our #Chennai fans this season...You are always in our hearts. On to #Pune now! #IPL2018" Indian batsman Suresh Raina said.

On Wednesday, the Tamil Nadu state administration had expressed its inability to ensure adequate security arrangements for the IPL matches amidst the ongoing Cauvery water dispute.

"Heart breaking news..no more ipl games in chennai.. fans have waited two years for CSK to play in front of them at home..hope all the issues get solved soon and matches comes back to chennai soon...Thank u for your love,wishes,prayers would be needed all the time," Harbhajan Singh said.

The first match played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium saw shoes being hurled at Ravindra Jadeja. The match was also preceded by massive protests from various groups and activists.

However, the India international made light of the incident, posting a picture of it and twitting: "Still we have a lots of love and care for our csk fans. #fans #csk."

Head coach Stephen Fleming, who has been with franchise since the beginning, also expressed dismay.

"Sad to be leaving Chennai today. Great to be back and again experience the love and passion the Tamil Nadu fans have for cricket and CSK. I trust a peaceful' resolution is found soon for the problems at hand. Thanks to everyone for making the team so welcome," he said.

Sam Billings, the English newcomer in the CSK squad who wowed everyone with his performance against Kolkata Knight Riders, was appreciative of the crowd.

"Gutted that we have had to move from Chepauk, the atmosphere was unbelievable! Thoughts with the fan who was badly hurt last night, no one should go to watch & end up in hospital.

"Hope he recovers soon & all issues are resolved. Keep supporting us it makes a huge difference." he said.

Updated Date: Apr 12, 2018 15:48:12 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
New Zealand 6 5 0 1 11
Australia 6 5 1 0 10
India 5 4 0 1 9
England 6 4 2 0 8
Sri Lanka 6 2 2 2 6
Bangladesh 6 2 3 1 5
Pakistan 6 2 3 1 5
West Indies 6 1 4 1 3
South Africa 7 1 5 1 3
Afghanistan 6 0 6 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254