CSK matches to move out of Chennai

Chennai Super Kings' first home match on Tuesday was marred by day-long protests. The protesters even tried interrupting the match by throwing shoes on the ground.

A file picture of Chennai Super Kings during a training session.   -  PTI

Chennai Super Kings' six remaining home games in the Indian Premier League have been shifted out of Chennai in the wake of the statewide protests on the Cauvery issue.

CSK home match on Tuesday was marred by day-long protests. The protesters even tried interrupting the match by throwing shoes on the ground.

The Chennai Super Kings CEO Kasi Viswanathan had a long meeting with the Chennai police commissioner A.K. Vishwanathan earlier in the day. "The commissioner of police has told us that based on prevailing conditions we may reschedule the matches in Chennai. That's what they have told us. We have informed the same to the BCCI. It is up to the BCCI to do whatever they want and inform us about what to be done," Viswanathan, told Sportstar after his meeting.

The ticket sales for Chennai Super Kings' next home match on April 20, against Rajasthan Royals, have been stopped, according to a TNCA official.

Reports also state that the BCCI has been informed that the situation has become “difficult for the police to handle.”

Earlier, Kerala Cricket Association secretary Jayesh George had indicated that Thiruvananthapuram is ready to host all CSK matches. But according to IPL sources, Visakhapatnam is front-runner from among alternate venues, with Pune and Rajkot being the others.