Chennai. The Indian Premier League begins only on March 23, but the frenzy has already started in Chennai. The home of the defending champions Chennai Super Kings, MA Chidambaram stadium, saw a packed house for – wait for it – an intra-squad training game! Yes, that’s the craze with which fans follow the MS Dhoni-led side in Chennai. According to the CSK website, the game saw as many as 12000 people witnessing from the stands, which were opened for free entry. Now, these numbers are pretty huge when you consider that it was just a practice game.
The election commission which is always on the lookout for ideas to increase the voter turnout numbers has taken this match into account and asked CSK management to arrange practice sessions near all the polling booths in Chennai on 18th April. CSK supporters are one of the most loyal in India and the EC is pretty sure that this year the voter turnout will be the largest from all the previous years.
The scheduling of the practice session will be done in such a way that all polling booths are covered and there are nets nearby all the voting booths. Players will spend 20-25 minutes at each practice nets to cover the full city on the day. Dhoni will spend only 5 minutes at any particular booth and will try to go to all the booths.