CSK arrange charter train from Chennai to Pune for cricket fans

Posted by: Guest on 20-04-2018 06:38

Type: New/Special Trains

Chennai: Indian Premier League side Chennai Super Kings have chartered a special train to take 1,000 fans more than 1,000km to Friday's match - for free.

The south-eastern India city has been banned from hosting games due to safety concerns with the team's home matches moved to Pune, in the west.

But the club has ensured that it will have fans on its side for the 'home' game against Rajasthan Royals.

The fans set off on Thursday morning on a train dubbed 'Whistle Podu Express'.

The members of the Chennai Super Kings Fan Club, will also receive free tickets for the game, plus food and accommodation in Pune.

The move by the IPL to move the Super Kings games came after protests took place outside the Chepauk stadium during their first home match last week.

The protesters in Tamil Nadu are angry over a water-sharing dispute with neighbouring Karnataka state.

England trio Sam Billings, Mark Wood and David Willey are all part of the Kings squad, captained by former India skipper MS Dhoni.

The fans will return to Chennai on April 21 after attending the match on April 20. The Southern Railways has arranged a train of 13 coaches which includes one AC coach for the fans. All expenses of the fans including train, food for all days, stay , local transportation at Pune, match tickets and jersey will be borne by CSK.

The inaugural train journey was flagged by Rakesh Singh, Executive President of India Cements. There are reports that CSK will try and arrange more such trains depending on the availability during match days.