IPL matches to be shifted out of Chennai?
NEW DELHI: The matches scheduled to be held in Chennai in the ongoing Indian Premier League 2018, are likely to be shifted to another venue due to protests over Cauvery water dispute, as per reports.
According to sources, BCCI has given Chennai Super Kings four choices - Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Vizag and Hyderabad as the probable venues for the rest of the seven home games.
The CSK, now in consultation with the state government, will have to decide whether they can provide enough security for the rest of the games.
If not the games will move out of the city. "We are monitoring the situation and will take a call in due course," a CSK official said.
The match was preceded by massive protests from various groups and activists due to Cauvery water dispute prompting IPL governing council chairman Rajeev Shukla to seek government intervention.
Various political parties and outfits have demanded cancellation of IPL matches in Chennai, saying it was being held at a time when the state was witnessing widespread agitations on the vexed issue.
On February 16, the Supreme Court raised the 270 tmcft share of Cauvery water for Karnataka by 14.75 tmcft and compensated Tamil Nadu by allowing extraction of 10 tmcft groundwater from the river basin.
The court had granted six weeks to the Centre to formulate a scheme to ensure compliance of its 465-page judgement on the decades-old Cauvery dispute, modifying the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal award of 2007.
The six-week period ended on March 29.