Just when Chennai Super Kings were celebrating a win against KKR in a cliffhanger and making merry about it, little did they know that they would lose out on their home ground for the very next match.
The Cauvery water dispute between the states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka has triggered the BCCI to reschedule CSK's home matches out of Chepauk and the management has been given four options to choose from.
According to IPL sources, Visakhapatnam is front-runner from among the four cities, the other three being Trivandrum, Pune and Rajkot.
Committee of Administrator (CoA) Vinod Rai confirmed that the prevailing situation has forced them to explore options. "We are thinking on the lines of shifting the IPL matches from Chennai. There are four alternative venues that BCCI has kept ready. They are Visakhapatnam, Trivandrum, Pune and Rajkot. CSK can play their matches at these venues," Rai said.
"We have to keep in mind the prevailing political and security situation in the state. But we have told the CSK franchise to evaluate the current situation and take a final call in this regard. It will be CSK's decision," Rai, a former Comptroller and Auditor General, said.
IPL's most popular franchise CSK has made a comeback to the League after serving two-year suspension on charges of spot-fixing in 2013. IPL sources says Visakhapatnam is likely to be picked by the CSK management due to logistical reasons.
Massive protests were witnessed yesterday ahead of the match between CSK and Kolkata Knight Riders and an identified protestor flung a shoe at CSK's Ravindra Jadeja during the match.
CSK's next home game against RR at the Chepauk is on April 20 and the management is expecting the situation to get better before the clash.
CSK marked their homecoming with a nailbiting win against KKR. A 36 ball 88 by Andre Russell powered KKR to 202 which was overtaken by CSK as Vinay Kumar gave away 17 off the final over with Ravindra Jadeja finishing it off with a six off the penultimate ball of the Chennai innings.