IPL 2019: CSK's Yellow Army cleans stand at Chepauk after KXIP match, catches Raina's eye

The Whistle Podu Army, official fan club of CSK, is often in the news about how it always manages to be on the ball when it comes to supporting the side.

Whistle Podu Army collected over 10 kilograms of trash after Chennai Super Kings' match against Kings XI Punjab at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday.   -  Twitter/@ImRaina

Fan clubs have always been the driving force for any sporting franchise and Indian Premier League outfit Chennai Super Kings' fan army is no exception.

The Whistle Podu Army, official fan club of CSK, is often in the news about how it always manages to be on the ball when it comes to supporting the side.

Just before the start of the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League, Prabhu D, co-founder of the club told Sportstar about how they had decided not to bother the team's players with requests for photographs and autographs. The club took the decision because they wanted the team to settle down.

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Now, they have managed to grab the spotlight yet again with their act of cleaning a stand before leaving the stadium after Saturday's match.

A day before the start of the IPL, CSK batsman Suresh Raina decided to start a cleanliness drive to promote clean stadiums across the country, working together with Gracia Raina Foundation (GRF), an NGO co-founded by the India international and his wife Priyanka dedicated to the aid of underprivileged mothers across the country.

 

In response to that, the Yellow Army did its bit for the campaign. After the home side's match against Kings XI Punjab concluded on Saturday, a few members of the club joined hands to clean the F-Lower stand at Chepauk and helped dispose off over 10 kilograms of garbage.

"We were joined by some twenty fans who helped us through this. Happy to have been of help. Chinna Thala tweeting about us makes me happy," said Sri Ram, co-founder of the Whistle Podu Army, after Raina tweeted about the campaign thanking the club for its participation.

"We had talked with the CSK management beforehand and they too were supportive of this move."

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Prabhu said, "We have seen cleanliness drives like this before during the FIFA World Cup as well. Have been trying to do that since the first match, but the timings and other factors stood in the way."