IPL 2018: NTK leader vowed to protest during CSK's next game at the Chepauk

IPL 2018: NTK leader vowed to protest during CSK’s next game at the Chepauk

It has been decided that CSK's home games will be moved out of Chennai.

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Harbhajan Singh of Chennai Super Kings celebrates fall of Sunil Narine’s wicket. (Photo: IANS)

The scenario in Chennai has worsened over the last few days owing to the Cauvery Water Dispute (CWD). There were threats from several political parties, who warned the tournament authorities for not hosting any matches at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. However, despite the cautions, the match between the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) was hosted.

During the game, shoes were hurled at Ravindra Jadeja and Faf du Plessis after which three Naam Tamilar Katchi (NTK) members were arrested and put behind the bars. After witnessing the gravity of the issues, the decision of shifting the remaining matches of the franchise has been taken. For the time being, as per schedule, Chennai will host the Kings XI Punjab on April 20.

“Match won’t happen”- NTK

Meanwhile, Seeman, the leader of the NTK has vowed to not let the game get underway. Also, he dismissed the allegations which were flung at them surrounding their protestors attacking the CSK fans at the venue. “Tomorrow we will protest. April 20 match won’t happen,” he was quoted as saying by The News Minute.

“We didn’t indulge in violence. It was the police who resorted to lathi charge. Who attacked cricket fans? If we wanted to attack, could anyone have entered the stadium? What violence did we do?” he added. Meanwhile, Bharathiraja, the director of the political party also echoed the words of the leader. “We will continue to protest every time there is an IPL match in Chennai. The protests will be intensified.” he affirmed.

After a long wait of two years, the fans in Chennai finally were treated to a delight by Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men with a resounding victory. However, following how things have panned out yesterday, the supporters might not see their heroes at least for this season.

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