IPL 2018: Chennai Super Kings home matches may be shifted out of Chennai

IPL 2018: Chennai Super Kings home matches may be shifted out of Chennai

The reports emerged after the continuing Cauvery water sharing dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka had led to the speculation that the matches might be shifted from Chennai

Chennai Super Kings celebrate after winning against Mumbai Indians
Chennai Super Kings celebrate after winning against Mumbai Indians. (Photo Source: IANS)

Multiple reports earlier in the day and in the week suggested that the home venue of the Chennai Super Kings would be shifted from Chennai to its neighbouring state Kerala for the 2018 edition of the IPL.

The reports emerged after the continuing Cauvery water sharing dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka had led to the speculation that the matches might be shifted from Chennai to the either of Thiruvananthapuram or Kochi. Further, the report suggested that there was a strong possibility that the clash between the two conflicting states would be played in Kerala.

Jayesh George, who is the secretary of the Kerala Cricket Association added that the had met both the top officials in Mumbai and Chennai Super Kings’ CEO Kasi Viswanathan. However, the reports of him meeting the top officials and Kasi Viswanathan was true, but it certainly was not regarding the change of venue.

However, both the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have ruled out any possibility of shifting CSK’s home matches to Kerala.

Kasi Viswanathan clears the air:

CSK’s CEO Viswanathan, while speaking to Sportstar, clarified that there were no discussions regarding the change of venues. “I met him (George) in Mumbai yesterday (Saturday), and chatted for a while. But there was no discussion on shifting our matches to Kerala,” Viswanathan said, indicating that there could have been some misinterpretation.

Further, BCCI’s acting secretary Amitabh Chaudary rubbished claims of him meeting Jayesh George regarding the possibility of shifting the venue. “There’s no such information to my knowledge,” Chaudhary told Sportstar.

As per the latest reports, it is all but confirmed that Chennai Super King’s fortress MA Chidambaram, or fondly called as Chepauk would be ready to host the returning Kings against a formidable Kolkata Knight Riders side led by Dinesh Karthik.

CSK got off to a flyer of a start, with a thrilling one-wicket win over the defending champions Mumbai Indians, with Dwayne Bravo proving to the difference between a victory and a loss for the Super Kings.

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