After all the Chennai Super Kings’ Indian Premier League (IPL) matches were shifted from the state’s Chepauk Stadium in the wake of Cauvery water dispute, few of the CSK players and coaching staffs have expressed their unhappiness over the change of venue. On Wednesday, all the IPL matches, which were scheduled to be held in Chennai, were shifted out of the state in the wave of the ongoing protest against the Centre’s negligence for the formation of Cauvery Management Board (CMB).
Later , the IPL Governing Council confirmed that CSK’s IPL matches would now be played at the Maharashtra Cricket Association’s (MCA) Stadium in Pune.
Taking to Twitter, CSK batting coach Michael Hussey said that although he is quite sad with the decision, he wish a smooth resolution of the on going issue.
“Very sad that we have to play our remaining home games away from Chennai. Feeling for the players and the fans but also wishing a smooth resolution of the ongoing issue. Thanks for the incredible support of all the CSK fans,” Hussey said.
Adding similar views, Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who was bought for Rs 2 crore by CSK at the IPL Player Auction, said that he also hopes that the issue gets a quick resolve and the match resumes at Chennai as the fans have waited for two long years to support their Team on the home ground.
Harbhajan tweeted,”Heart breaking news..no more ipl games in chennai.. fans have waited two years for CSK to play in front of them at home..hope all the issues get solved soon and matches comes back to chennai soon…Thank u for your love,wishes,prayers would be needed all the time.”
CSK chief coach and former New Zealand cricketer Stephen Fleming also took the help of his Twitter account to convey his sorrow over the rescheduling of the venue for IPL matches from Chennai to some other place.
“Sad to be leaving Chennai today. Great to be back and again experience the love and passion the Tamil Nadu fans have for cricket and CSK. I trust a ‘peaceful’ resolution is found soon for the problems at hand. Thanks to everyone for making the team so welcome,” he tweeted.
In the interim, Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson stated, ” Very sad for our team @CSK IPLTeam and the fans here in Chennai that we won’t be playing anymore games here this season. The atmosphere last game was incredible. Let’s hope this situation in Tamil Nadu is sorted out asap.”
Talking about the situation CSK’s first home match as `unbelievable`, England and CSK batsman Sam Billings said that though he is also sad about the move but he doesn’t want the Fans to face any difficulties.
“Gutted that we have had to move from Chepauk, the atmosphere was unbelievable! Thoughts with the fan who was badly hurt last night, no one should go to watch & end up in hospital. Hope he recovers soon & all issues are resolved. Keep supporting us it makes a huge difference!” Billings mentioned.
The news of the shifting of venue came only a day after Chennai Super Kings made a cheerful homecoming at MA Chidambaram Stadium and went ahead to beat Kolkata Knight Riders in the in the last over crucial match on Tuesday.
But the conflict was defaced by discussion as 21 Naam Tamilar Katchi (NTK) party laborers were held by the police and sent to Puzhal Central Prison for holding challenges over Cauvery issue outside Chennai’s Chepauk Stadium in an attempt to stop the match.
The arrested party specialists were penalised for beating the policemen on duty who were trying to maintain the peace and assure that the match should be held smoothly between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) without any external intermission.
The protestors were requesting that the IPL matches not be held when a more dominating issue – of Center’s inability to constitute the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) – was at the fore.