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IPL pulls Sri Lanka players out of Chennai

ESPNcricinfo staff

March 26, 2013

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Members of Sri Lanka's pace attack, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews and Nuwan Kulasekara, take a jog around the ground, Hambantota, July 20, 2012
There are 13 Sri Lankan players in the IPL © AFP

The IPL 2013 matches in Chennai will not feature any Sri Lankan cricketers or match officials, the league's governing council said after a meeting on Tuesday. It said the decision was taken keeping in mind security concerns in Chennai.

"The security of all involved in the IPL, whether players, spectators or those working in the stadiums, is of paramount importance to the BCCI," the statement said. "The governing council decided that Sri Lankan players will not participate in the IPL 2013 league matches in Chennai and will advise the nine franchises accordingly."

The decision followed growing political tensions, stemming from the treatment of ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka and capped by a letter written on Tuesday by the Tamil Nadu state government to the prime minister asking for a ban on Sri Lankan involvement in the Chennai leg of the IPL.

The letter, written by the chief minister J Jayalalitha, was unequivocal in its stand. "In such a hostile and tense environment, we apprehend that the participation of Sri Lankan players in the IPL tournament, with many games to be played in Chennai, will aggravate an already surcharged atmosphere and further offend the sentiments of the people."

Earlier this month the DMK, the main opposition party in Tamil Nadu and a key ally of the federal government, pulled out of the ruling coalition at the centre asking for sterner measures to redress alleged atrocities towards Tamils in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said it was monitoring the developments in India closely and was waiting for a travel advisory from the Sri Lankan government. "If there is a secondary threat to a player in a particular area then we will wait for the government's advice," Nishantha Ranatunga, the SLC secretary, told ESPNcricinfo. "We have written to Ministry of Foreign Affairs through our Minister of Sport to get feedback on our players' safety."

The "ban" will affect Chennai Super Kings, who play all their eight home matches in Chennai; however, their Sri Lankan contingent consists of only two fringe players, Nuwan Kulasekara and Akila Dananjaya. Franchises that will be significantly hit, at least for the lone game they play in Chennai in the league phase, include Mumbai Indians (Lasith Malinga), Delhi Daredevils (Mahela Jayawardene), Sunrisers Hyderabad (Kumar Sangakkara) and Pune Warriors (Angelo Mathews). Chennai also hosts some of the knockout matches, where these players would be crucial if their teams make it that far.

"We were first told by the IPL authorities about the problem in Tamil Nadu around a fortnight ago," a franchise official said. "And after due consultations, almost all the franchises are happy losing one or two of their players for one game rather than the whole tournament."

It is not yet clear whether Super Kings will decide to withdraw their Sri Lankan players for the season but if so, the players will be compensated with their contract fees for the entire season.

Sri Lankan players in IPL:
Nuwan Kulasekara and Akila Dananjaya (Chennai Super Kings)
Mahela Jayawardene and Jeevan Mendis (Delhi Daredevils)
Sachithra Senanayake (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Lasith Malinga (Mumbai Indians)
Ajantha Mendis and Angelo Mathews (Pune Warriors)
Kushal Janith Perera (Rajasthan Royals)
Muttiah Muralitharan and Tillakaratne Dilshan (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Kumar Sangakkara and Thisara Perera (Sunrisers Hyderabad)

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Posted by MohanRagavan on (March 28, 2013, 2:43 GMT)

to all those who complaints about CSk and GC of IPL ...please think that its not an political issue thats happening in TN rightnow.its protests from students all over the states ..the scenario was different in those two times where they cant provide security foe the home ground...here TN govt says will provide security but when SL players participate they cant control the situation....

Posted by   on (March 27, 2013, 20:26 GMT)

All Chennai games should be played somewhere else with the full participation of all players. No discrinination.

Posted by ChenLee on (March 27, 2013, 18:27 GMT)

I am a die-heart cricket fan. But I have bigger human heart than sports. It shows that many people here do not know the real underlaying issue. Please educate yourselves on this matter. Learn what India / Sri Lanka did to SA cricket team during 80's.

Lives worth more than games, until you realise it.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

@ Chitra ram well said i agree with you....

Posted by   on (March 27, 2013, 12:48 GMT)

I believe that the best solution in this situation should have been to move all games from Chennai. I would think that for the knockout stages at least no games should be played there, allowing the full participation of all players.

This is a terrible precedent and reflects badly on India.

Posted by royals1986 on (March 27, 2013, 12:26 GMT)

I think its a loss of quality cricket for all the fans accross

Posted by Sandt on (March 27, 2013, 11:00 GMT)

Why cant BCCI change the venue from Chennai. This is dirty politics by 2 parties in Tamilnadu to gain popularity and support from tamilians. The best way is to chan ge the venue from chennai to some other city.Politics should not come between cricket.These players can make money only now.Once their form is gone or have some injury noone will be there to support them.

Posted by siri12345 on (March 27, 2013, 10:56 GMT)

inspite of chennai having won the title twice and reaching final on another couple of occasion i can easily understand why true cricket followers having correct knowledge of cricket always describes chennai as the luckiest team to play in ipl rather than the best team to play in ipl.actually people having little knowledge of cricket cant understand this.on another note i completely agree with one poster below urging chennai to drop one of dhoni,raina or ashwin to make it fairer for the opposition who have to drop important srilankan players against them to make them play the game in true spirit.cricinfoplz publish.

Posted by Elite_Achilles on (March 27, 2013, 10:51 GMT)

The Indian cricketers in CSK(except Murali Vijay) suck too much in technique. And the fact that they were IPL Champions twice saddens me as a true cricket fan. Thats the reason I dont support CSK. But I was not talking about this at all. I was just telling that this rule is advantageous to CSK. I never told that because of this, they'll win or so!

Posted by Elite_Achilles on (March 27, 2013, 10:38 GMT)

The Indian cricketers in CSK(except Murali Vijay) suck too much in technique. And the fact that they were IPL Champions twice saddens me as a true cricket fan. Thats the reason I dont support CSK. But I was not talking about this at all. I was just telling that this rule is advantageous to CSK. I never told that because of this, they'll win or so!

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