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Chennai to lose home advantage in IPL due to security concerns

Chennai to lose home advantage in IPL due to security concerns
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IPL action had recently returned to Chepauk with Chennai Super Kings playing their first game at their home ground in almost three years against Kolkata Knight Riders. CSK got an unparalleled reception at Chennai with a packed crowd which cheered at each run scored by their team.

However, this fanfare of the Chennai crowd would not be seen again this year as the home matches of CSK have been shifted from Chepauk to Pune on account of security threats in the following matches at the venue. This decision was taken after a shoe was hurled during the CSK-KKR match by some miscreants in the crowd at Ravindra Jadeja who was fielding at long on while Faf du Plesis and Lungi Ngidi were in the vicinity.

This comes as a huge setback for the MS Dhoni led side which will now lose their home advantage as CSK have picked many high quality spinners in their squad due to the spin friendly conditions at Chepauk. However, it may not get too bad for CSK as Pune which is set to be their new home ground has almost similar conditions and is also a slow and low scoring ground.

The authorities will shortly begin proceedings of refunding tickets.

This unfortunate incident is not only a pity for the fans but a huge disappointment for the players as well who shared their feelings on social media.


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