Rajeev Shukla –Chairman of the Indian Premier League (IPL), on Monday, confirmed that they will not shift the home games of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to any other venue.
His comment came after the allegations raised that Kerala would host some home matches of CSK due to the Cauvery River water dispute running between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
Shukla also revealed that he has already spoken to the Tamil Nadu Government about the issue, as well as, appealed to keep the T20 tournament out of the Cauvery water-sharing controversy.
The IPL chief told Sportstar, “There will be no change of venue. We are not moving out of Chennai as we have got assurances from the police, government and the concerned authorities that adequate security will be provided.”
The CSK made a stunning return to the IPL after two years, beating Mumbai Indians (MI) in the 2018 season opener of the lucrative T20 league. Now, the Yellow Army is scheduled to play the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday (10 April).
The veteran administrator further added, “It is a sporting event which is being watched by people from all parts of the world, so it should be kept away from these issues. Why drag the IPL into all this?”
With rising political tension in Tamil Nadu, it is possible that the Board thinking of an alternative venue for CSK, but Shukla said, “If authorities in Tamil Nadu provide the security, we will host all the matches in Chennai. There will be no backup plans as of now. We are going ahead with our original schedule.”
Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) also claimed that they will be hosting CSK’s few home matches with political tension in the state, but BCCI denied all such alleges.
Shukla signed off by saying, “People will keep on making requests. Every state wants to host IPL.”
#IPL2018 matches in Chennai will be held as per the schedule. Adequate security measures have been taken. IPL should not be dragged into political controversies: Rajeev Shukla, IPL Chairman #CauveryWaterManagement pic.twitter.com/uQZZyDlLzC— ANI (@ANI) April 9, 2018