The intensified row over Cauvery water forced the BCCI on Wednesday (April 11) to shift Chennai Super Kings' remaining home games to Pune. The decision was taken after the state administration made it clear that they won’t be able to ensure adequate security arrangements for the IPL matches.
"The matches had to be shifted out of Chennai as police had said that they were unable to provide security in the prevailing situation. CSK is not averse to shifting base to Pune," IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla quoted as saying by PTI.
Following the decision, veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh took to his official Twitter page and wrote: “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..”
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 Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 11, 2018
The match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders at the MA Chidambaram stadium on April 10 was marred by protests from political outfits over the formation of the 'Cauvery Management Board'.
Thousands gathered outside the Chepauk to demand the establishment of a Cauvery Water Management Board, hours before CSK’s first match on home soil since 2015. Amidst all, a couple of miscreants were arrested by the police for hurling a shoe at left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja.
The incident occurred in the eighth over of the KKR innings. The unidentified protestors hurled shoes which landed near Jadeja, who was fielding close to the boundary rope where CSK reserves Lungi Ngidi and Faf du Plessis were taking a stroll.