Chennai was scheduled to host seven matches of IPL 2018, the first of which was held on Tuesday where they prevailed over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in a high-scoring thriller by five wickets. Even during that game, a pair of shoes was flung towards the long-on boundary in the eighth over of the match. 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.
Chennai Super Kings CEO Kasi Vishwanathan was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo, “Because of the volatile situation we have been apprised that it is better to reschedule the games. We have conveyed that to the BCCI and awaiting (further) information.”
“There are only a few direct flights available from Vizag. If the team has to travel to Indore, then they had to reach Indore via Delhi. Pune has better connectivity, so it was decided that CSK shift base to Pune,” the source said.
Meanwhile, an official from the Maharashtra Cricket Association said they are ready to host matches.
“We were in touch with BCCI as well franchise officials. We are prepared for the challenge as the match is to be hosted in a just few days,” said the official who did not wish to be quoted.
CSK next play Kings XI Punjab at Mohali’s IS Bindra Stadium on Sunday.