The Board of Control for Cricket in India has confirmed that Chennai will not play host to the next IPL match scheduled in the city due to security concerns following violence during the first home game for the Super Kings. CSK were to take on Rajasthan Royals at Chepauk on April 20, and this match along with all other home matches are likely to be shifted to Pune.
"CSK will be asked to move their home matches to Pune as the Chennai police has expressed their inability to provide adequate security for the remaining matches," IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla told reporters in Jaipur on Wednesday.
Tuesday night’s game was allowed to carry on as per schedule despite massive protests regarding the Cauvery issue, which were held inside and outside the stadium while the game was in progress. The match itself had a few nervy moments starting with the toss being delayed due to match officials being unable to enter the stadium as planned.
CSK were scheduled to take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chepauk on May 5, and that match is also unlikely to be held in Chennai. On April 28, CSK is scheduled to play the Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils on April 30.
There was a major security scare in the eighth over of the first innings on Tuesday when shoes were thrown in the direction of Faf du Plessis and Ravindra Jadeja. Jadeja was fielding on the boundary line at the time. Thankfully, the footwear missed Jadeja and was spotted by du Plessis outside the boundary. Four individuals were immediately arrested following the incident. Supporters were also spotted burning the yellow jerseys of the CSK players.
Outside the stadium, many fans wearing CSK T-shirts were attacked by protesters.
Several activists including actors were detained due to their involvement in the Anti-IPL protests by pro-Tamil parties in Chennai. Police were successful in chasing away agitators in certain areas.
There were over 4000 security personnel on duty on Tuesday who ensured the safety of players, officials, media personnel, broadcasting crew and allowed the match to be played.