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Protests deprive Chennaites the chance of watching CSK's matches

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This is to notice that Chennai Super Kings to play against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali and against Rajasthan Royals in Pune.

Chennai Super Kings have got off to a prolific start in the Indian Premier League (IPL) despite being criticised for signing too many senior players at IPL 2018 auctions.

On Tuesday, massive protests were witnessed ahead of the match between CSK and Kolkata Knight Riders.

AFTER CONSTANT threats from several protesters in Chennai, the IPL matches have been moved out of the city.

CSK still have six home games to play with all fixtures still set for their original dates. "Normally they [the IPL governing council] will give a list of venues available", he said.

BCCI's acting president C.K. Khanna said: "Pune will host all the [CSK home] matches".

Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu state, which has seen volatile protests over the handling of a water-shortage crisis with the authorities saying they could not guarantee security at Super Kings' matches.

"We are thinking on the lines of shifting the IPL matches from Chennai".

The Pune ground is familiar to CSK captain MS Dhoni and coach Stephen Fleming, who were part of the Rising Pune Supergiant franchise in 2016 and 2017. "It will be CSK's decision", Rai was quoted as saying. "He briefed me about the situation and apprised (me) that in the current situation, it's better to reschedule the matches in Chennai".

The CSK management is downcast that the matches are moving out of Chennai. "Let's hope this situation in Tamil Nadu is sorted out asap". "The BCCI and the proprietors of CSK must allow the players to do so". The miscreants, said to be from actor-director Seeman's Naam pro-Tamil outfit Tamizhar, were evicted from the MA Chidambaram Stadium and were sent to custody. They braved the protests that happened outside Chepauk regarding the Cauvery issue to come out and support their favourite franchise and Chennai rewarded them with a thrilling win. The team management is evaluating Raina's recovery time but mentioned that his participation in the next match "looks unlikely".

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