Chennai Super Kings were given a huge blow when BCCI announced that their home games were being shifted from Chepauk, Chennai to an alternate venue. This happened due to continuous protests in Chennai against IPL due to Cauvery water issues.
The police department in Chennai clarified that they were unable to provide the necessary security to the players and fans during the CSK matches. There were incidents like fans being heckled and shoes thrown at CSK players.
BCCI gave Chennai Super Kings four choices for alternate venues. However, CSK gave BCCI their choice of the Brabourne Stadium at CCI, India in Mumbai. However, the BCCI turned down CSK's option because the board didn't want Mumbai to host nearly 15 IPL games, sources told TOI on Friday.
BCCI had offered four venues to CSK including Visakhapatnam, Thiruvananthapuram, Pune, and Rajkot with a rider that the franchise was supposed to choose from the list.
Mumbai Indians are playing their home games at the Wankhede Stadium, which will also host two playoff matches. Therefore, another six home games of CSK would have really looked unfair to other cities. "You can't have 15 IPL matches in Mumbai alone. There are other cities as well, which can stage the matches," a source said.
"It was CSK, which was given the option to choose from the venues given to them. They only opted for CCI which is close to Mumbai Indians' home ground," the source added.
Pune worked out to be a win-win situation because the stadium there was supposed to stage two knock-out matches by the virtue of being the venue for a franchise that played the IPL final last year.
Pune will now host 8 games including six matches of Chennai Super Kings.