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Shane Watson has a heartfelt message for Chennai Fans

The former Aussie all-rounder seems unhappy that the matches need to be moved away from the city.

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Shane Watson of Chennai Super Kings in action. (Photo: Twitter)

The 11th edition of the Indian Premier League was always going to be bigger and more exciting. It marked the return of Rajasthan Royals and the Chennai Super Kings after a big gap of two years. The fans of the Super Kings had remained loyal to the franchise throughout their tough times and vowed to back them to win the title this time too. The yellow brigade started their campaign against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede and pulled off a thrilling one-run victory.

However, fans were waiting for their second match as they wanted to cheer for the team back in their own den. The team did not disappoint and pulled off another thriller to beat the Knight Riders. However, due to political tensions in the state regarding the establishment of Cauvery Management Board, security personnel had to remain vigil at all times. Protesters were seen hurling shoes into the stadium that raised concerns over players’ safety and forced the management to shift games out of Chennai.

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Shane Watson, who played a handful knock in the last encounter had a heartfelt message for the fans after the home games were shifted to Pune. He tweeted: “Very sad for our team @ChennaiIPL and the fans here in Chennai that we won’t be playing any more games here this season. The atmosphere last game was incredible. Let’s hope this situation in Tamil Nadu has sorted out asap.”

The fans have waited for too long to watch their team perform and a situation like this is sure to hurt them. However, matches cannot be played amidst the political tensions as the Police department admitted their inability to provide adequate security to control the matches. Watson also wished the political tensions to be sorted out as soon as possible so that things return to normal once again.

Pune is all set to host eight games this season. Six of the games will be CSK’s home matches and the other two include an eliminator and a qualifier. Super Kings will face the Kings XI Punjab in their next encounter on April 15 in Mohali.

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