As MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) gear up to host Rajasthan Royals at MCA Stadium, Pune, the Chennai-based franchise has decided to take a few hundred of their die-hard fans to their new home. CSK have been exiled from Chennai sue to protests on the Cauvery waters issue.
A special train carrying the "Yellow Army" fans with CSK banners left Chennai Central station on Thursday morning.
India Cements, the sponsors of the team, will be bearing all the expenses towards their travel, boarding and lodging in Pune. The special train alone cost Rs 23 lakh, informed sources said.
All the IPL matches from Chennai, the home base of CSK, were shifted out of Chennai after the first match last week following street violence against the matches being held in the midst of raging protests in the state over the Cauvery water issue.
The CSK then opted for its new home Pune. The CSK returned to IPL tournament after a two-year ban.
(With IANS inputs)