Cricket

Chennai could lose IPL matches amid water crisis

2018-04-11 16:23
Chennai super kings logo
Chennai Super Kings (File)

New Delhi - India's cricket board is considering shifting Indian Premier League (IPL) games from Chennai, which is in the grip of a water crisis, after protesters threatened to release snakes during the next match.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was mulling alternate venues for Chennai's remaining six IPL matches after protesters scuffled with police and threw shoes on the pitch at their home match on Tuesday.

"We are thinking on the lines of shifting the IPL matches from Chennai," BCCI administrator Vinod Rai was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India news agency.

The BCCI had four alternative venues up its sleeve - Visakhapatnam, Trivandrum, Pune and Rajkot - none of which is in Tamil Nadu, the water-strapped southern state home to Chennai.

"CSK can play their matches at these venues," Rai said, using the acronym for the Chennai Super Kings franchise.

The cash-rich T20 tournament returned to Chennai after a two-year ban handed to the Super Kings for illegal gambling expired.

But their homecoming was marred when protesters - trying to raise awareness about a long-running water dispute with neighbouring Karnataka - burned merchandise and jostled with police outside the stadium.

Shoes were hurled at Chennai players on the boundary ropes during the match, which the Super Kings won over the Kolkata Knight Riders despite the disruption.

A Tamil outfit on Wednesday also threatened to release snakes during the Kings' next match on April 20 against Rajasthan Royals if it is not shifted from Chennai.

The drought-prone state has witnessed increasing protests in recent weeks over a disputed accord with Karnataka on how to share water from the key Cauvery river.

Read more on:    chennai super kings  |  ipl  |  cricket
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
Vote

The 12-month ban handed down to Steve Smith and David Warner and the 9-month sanction for Cameron Bancroft for their ball-tampering roles, is ...

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.