IPL 2013 news March 27, 2013

Muralitharan disappointed with IPL ruling

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Royal Challengers Bangalore's Muttiah Muralitharan has expressed disappointment at the IPL governing council's decision to disallow Sri Lankan players from participating in matches in Chennai this season, a result of growing political tensions in Tamil Nadu stemming from the treatment of ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka.

"It's a sad [day] for cricket as we are not allowed to play in a certain part of India. It is a government decision, if they cannot provide security for us, we have to be cautious," former Sri Lanka spinner Muralitharan told NDTV. "I have spoken to Royal Challengers, they do not have any problems. I can play the non-Chennai games."

Muralitharan, a Sri Lankan tamil, said he had never felt out of place. "I played for 20 years in the Lankan team, I did not have any problems as a Tamil. The government and the cricket board always supported me throughout my career even when I went through a lot of problems. Earlier there was a time of war between the Tamils and Lankans but now people are living in peace in my country. So the concerned authorities in India must come and see how we are living in Sri Lanka and forget what happened in the past. We don't want another war-like situation now.

"If they allow us to play, we will definitely play in Chennai. Chennai is like a second home for me as my wife Madhimalar is from there. It is a sentimental situation for me. We do not want to get into politics and we just want to play our cricket and entertain our fans."

Muttiah Muralitharan retired from international cricket in 2011 after the World Cup final in Mumbai, and has since played in various Twenty20 leagues. He has played all five seasons of IPL thus far, for Chennai Super Kings (2008-2010), Kochi Tuskers Kerala (2011) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (2012).

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  • kpn4 on March 30, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    Either Chennai/Tamil Nadu is able to provide security to all IPL players or not. The suggestion that they cannot ensure security for a subset of players based on any criteria, such as nationality, is absurd and goes against the very principles of security. Since it looks like they are unable to provide security, all IPL games currently scheduled in Chennai should be moved to a more competent location. Other cities, such as Bengaluru, would welcome more games and more money.

  • shivif on March 29, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    And Sri Lanka cricket postponed a series with SA for all this mess. Long live International cricket.

  • CricManGame on March 28, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    If you want to be Indian, play only Indians and let all the foreign players go from IPL. We'll see how that is going to workout.

  • on March 28, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    really sad for Indian cricket its a great shame still 3 teams rely on foriegn captains For these franchise they cant find a captain of 120 crore peoples come on guys this is Indian premier League and not Srilankan Premier League dont support foriegn players support to get identify new indian talents .Identify a challenging captain to compete equal dhoni dont find them in opposition shelter.be Indian

  • CricManGame on March 28, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    @crickketlover I wonder why there are three Sri Lankan leading three IPL teams if nobody except Malinga from Sri Lanka is good enough. BTW, Malinga is not one of them. Mahela, Sanga and Matthews are leading DD, HSR and PW.

  • rajcan on March 28, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    I support that the sports should not be mixed with politics. Any time a sports event is interrupted due to political issue, I am against to that. I expect sportsmen and women do not involve in politics. When some of the players are involved in dirty politics, then others have the rights to boycott or disturb or requesting to stop the event.

    People like MUrali and Kumar Sangakara take every opportunity to tell the world that there is nothing happen to Tamils and they are living in peace in Srilanka. Sportsmen are considered gentlemen, at least on those days. We can expect them to tell the truth or to be silent.

    Murali, you play cricket and stay away from dirty politics, people will continue to love you.

  • CRICKETXYZ on March 28, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    Muttaih Muralitharan statement is 900% right..

    Cricket is a game of peace, where all religions/Category of people get together with unity to play to entertain all types of public around the world.

    He has the right to give a statement on this on going issue why, read below.

    Why Muttiah Muralitharan was the best Spin bowler ? From Sri -lanka

    a) Most wickets in test cricket 800 b) Most wickets in ODI cricket 534 c) Most wickets in INTcricket 1334 d) Most 5 wickets in test 67 times record e) Most 10 wickets in test 22 times record f) Most 10 wickets consistently 04 times in a row*** g) ONLY one bowler to take 50 wickets &above with all teams in test cricket h) The 2nd bowler after JIM LAKER(ENG), TO TAKE 9 WICKETS in both innings. i) the only bowler to take 75 wickets & more in test cricket,in a calendar year, 3 times, 2000,2001 &2006 j) Most maiden overs 1794..

    From KING RAJ

  • on March 28, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    Muralitharan - being a Tamil - could have used this opportunity to make a statement against the dirty politics played by Tamil politicos of both the parties. The other SL IPL players can not say much since it could tantamount to breach of protocol or even IPL rules. Murali's case is quite different. Being the highest wicket taker in the Tests, he is an icon. He is also retired from international cricket i.e. Tests and ODIs. In any case, he would have earned enough and there are chances that he would not have been picked up by any franchisee in the 2014 auction.

    It is unfortunate that Murali has not spoken out when it mattered most.

  • crickketlover on March 28, 2013, 0:22 GMT

    CSK also is at disadvantage that Kulasekara cannot play in Chennai. Other than him and Malinga no other players from Sri Lanka contributed anything in IPL. Murali is not effective against sub continent players as they know how to play his spin. If Sangakara and Jeyawardene boycott IPL, it is not going to affect any team, as their performance in IPL last season was terrible. Cricket is bigger than any player and also there is always another player who can replace these guys and so it is going to be fine.

  • on March 27, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    They should move out key maatches from Channai or play fair by allowing two less foreign players for CSK.

  • kpn4 on March 30, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    Either Chennai/Tamil Nadu is able to provide security to all IPL players or not. The suggestion that they cannot ensure security for a subset of players based on any criteria, such as nationality, is absurd and goes against the very principles of security. Since it looks like they are unable to provide security, all IPL games currently scheduled in Chennai should be moved to a more competent location. Other cities, such as Bengaluru, would welcome more games and more money.

  • shivif on March 29, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    And Sri Lanka cricket postponed a series with SA for all this mess. Long live International cricket.

  • CricManGame on March 28, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    If you want to be Indian, play only Indians and let all the foreign players go from IPL. We'll see how that is going to workout.

  • on March 28, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    really sad for Indian cricket its a great shame still 3 teams rely on foriegn captains For these franchise they cant find a captain of 120 crore peoples come on guys this is Indian premier League and not Srilankan Premier League dont support foriegn players support to get identify new indian talents .Identify a challenging captain to compete equal dhoni dont find them in opposition shelter.be Indian

  • CricManGame on March 28, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    @crickketlover I wonder why there are three Sri Lankan leading three IPL teams if nobody except Malinga from Sri Lanka is good enough. BTW, Malinga is not one of them. Mahela, Sanga and Matthews are leading DD, HSR and PW.

  • rajcan on March 28, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    I support that the sports should not be mixed with politics. Any time a sports event is interrupted due to political issue, I am against to that. I expect sportsmen and women do not involve in politics. When some of the players are involved in dirty politics, then others have the rights to boycott or disturb or requesting to stop the event.

    People like MUrali and Kumar Sangakara take every opportunity to tell the world that there is nothing happen to Tamils and they are living in peace in Srilanka. Sportsmen are considered gentlemen, at least on those days. We can expect them to tell the truth or to be silent.

    Murali, you play cricket and stay away from dirty politics, people will continue to love you.

  • CRICKETXYZ on March 28, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    Muttaih Muralitharan statement is 900% right..

    Cricket is a game of peace, where all religions/Category of people get together with unity to play to entertain all types of public around the world.

    He has the right to give a statement on this on going issue why, read below.

    Why Muttiah Muralitharan was the best Spin bowler ? From Sri -lanka

    a) Most wickets in test cricket 800 b) Most wickets in ODI cricket 534 c) Most wickets in INTcricket 1334 d) Most 5 wickets in test 67 times record e) Most 10 wickets in test 22 times record f) Most 10 wickets consistently 04 times in a row*** g) ONLY one bowler to take 50 wickets &above with all teams in test cricket h) The 2nd bowler after JIM LAKER(ENG), TO TAKE 9 WICKETS in both innings. i) the only bowler to take 75 wickets & more in test cricket,in a calendar year, 3 times, 2000,2001 &2006 j) Most maiden overs 1794..

    From KING RAJ

  • on March 28, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    Muralitharan - being a Tamil - could have used this opportunity to make a statement against the dirty politics played by Tamil politicos of both the parties. The other SL IPL players can not say much since it could tantamount to breach of protocol or even IPL rules. Murali's case is quite different. Being the highest wicket taker in the Tests, he is an icon. He is also retired from international cricket i.e. Tests and ODIs. In any case, he would have earned enough and there are chances that he would not have been picked up by any franchisee in the 2014 auction.

    It is unfortunate that Murali has not spoken out when it mattered most.

  • crickketlover on March 28, 2013, 0:22 GMT

    CSK also is at disadvantage that Kulasekara cannot play in Chennai. Other than him and Malinga no other players from Sri Lanka contributed anything in IPL. Murali is not effective against sub continent players as they know how to play his spin. If Sangakara and Jeyawardene boycott IPL, it is not going to affect any team, as their performance in IPL last season was terrible. Cricket is bigger than any player and also there is always another player who can replace these guys and so it is going to be fine.

  • on March 27, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    They should move out key maatches from Channai or play fair by allowing two less foreign players for CSK.

  • on March 27, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    this is very frustrating to not allow srilankan players to play in chennai..... And for this reason csk should be banned from IPL...

  • InsideHedge on March 27, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    @Enrico1973: Pray tell me, where you read/see hate in my earlier one-line comment? Re-read your own comment, and then from a neutral's perspective all the anti India comments on these boards. As for a ticket to SL in order to view the situation myself, I welcome it. Pls. let me know when you've made the arrangements.

  • 200ondebut on March 27, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    He should chuck it in if they treat him like that.

  • on March 27, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    it is indeed a sad day for cricket, India mixing politics with sport we all love. Sport unites people not divide

  • on March 27, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Shame on Asian cricket...rest of the world will be laughing at you.....that's why Aussies & England still proud of their cricket.....its a gentlemen game

  • seantells on March 27, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    thisis pure politics, dented the sports.

  • on March 27, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    @Priyanga Ambanwala: Yes I have the same question. If we all in SL want to forget the past and move on, what is in their for Tamil Nadu?

  • CandidIndian on March 27, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    Well needless India and BCCI bashing once again.Safety of SL players is of top priority for Indian government and BCCI.Chennai is not safe enough for SL players right now so they have been kept out from matches there,its as simple as that.It would have been insulting for SL if Central government of India had banned SL players from IPL in support of stance taken by Tamil Nadu parties,but they didn't do so.

  • on March 27, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    Hi,Murali is 100% correct...Sri Lanka is now Peaceful country for every nation.As a Sri Lankan,I know the correct situation in Country.Tamil Nadu people,Don't get Politician's and media's false news.Sri Lanka is a Peaceful Country.

  • swat1999 on March 27, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Indians always bring politics in cricket field. It is time for Srilanka to boycot IPL

  • on March 27, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Guys can you all please explain me why all of a sudden these Tamilnadu peoples "sentiments run high" and can't forget the past where as we all Sri Lankans (tamils + sinhalese) want forget those dark days and move on?

  • on March 27, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    To all those who commented, everyone supports murali and he said that in srilanka everyone are in peace, that we have to ask to a common tamil people who lives there, murali is a cricket star what harm in him

  • on March 27, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    who cares about IPL. I never watch even a single match of it. That is only for indians. so keep having fun.

  • cricmerc7 on March 27, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    Well. Don't understand why these people are messing with the neighbouring countries like this. Anyway.. no point of playing for these kind of people who does not understand the value of a sport.

    @mprtn2002 - Really disappointed to see your comment, cause you are a so called SRI LANKAN tamil.

  • WorldWideCricket on March 27, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    This is really a sad day for Cricket and Cricket loving fans! I really do not understand why India mixed politics and sports. I am always with Sri Lanka. Love the country, love the fans, love their cricket team. -A Bangladeshi Fan.

  • on March 27, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    I agree to murali 100% but again if the safety of any player is at risk ,then we have to avoid the place ...they are always welcome in India and As a indian they are my second fav team . please skip chennai for this time and have a great IPL .

    the people will not get to see some of the best in action but come next year it will be back to normal .

  • JamesSmithee on March 27, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    Some people love past. Some people love present. Some people love to see the past again.

  • on March 27, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Let me get this straight-- I am from Chennai, I respect the feelings of people here. Emotions are running high over here. This has not got anything to do with politics. I agree people might be living their life very happily in Srilanka, it is not easy to forget the past. Chennai is the safest metros in India. I bet even if they have allowed, Srilankan players would be safe. It is just a precautionary measure taken as the momentum has gained in past one month. Remember Chepauk stood for Pakistan team when the Kargil war was around. I dont see any loss for the franchises. It is just going to be another great IPL.

    For Once people should understand it is not about one or two men it is about the feelings of millions across the world. Please enjoy the Summer Carnival

    I just Cant wait to Sixes flying...And Yes This time it is going to be CSK once again. # CSK forever

  • on March 27, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    What a shame! If sri lankan players cant be provided secuity in chennai, move the matches to other venue

  • torsha on March 27, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    Murali, I have so much respect for you. But the situation is deeply saddened and the people who have affected know that very well. I hope the matter solve as soon as possible.

  • samrao on March 27, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    Chennai matches should be shifted out as they did to Hyderabad matches. It is really sad that Tamil Nadu politicians are exploiting the situation for short term gains

  • amanharshad on March 27, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    Well, the IPL has no responsibility nor the BCCI.Its the tamil nadu government that send the letter to omit the sri lankan players.So there is no point in blaming the BCCI and the IPL committee.

  • soumyasrp on March 27, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    well said by spin legend Murali........Cricket should not be involved in politics..bcoz we need good cricket in india..

  • Perera32 on March 27, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    I agree 100% with Muralitharan, Cricket should never be mixed with politics as done by the BCCI here.

  • on March 27, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    @LoveTheWayLionsPlay.. haha, u hav said the opposite. Murli cant take that stance cos he is a freelancer and doesnt have salary pouring from SLC. One player boycottin the tourny wont matter much. It has to be a collective effort, all players together opposing will deliver a statemnt. Otherwise, anyone would do anything for the money they get in IPL.

  • yoki on March 27, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    I'm from Chennai and a great fan of Murali. I respect his comments. But everyone should understand the situation in Chennai. Sentiments run high. There's been protest from all sectors, from daily workers to software professionals. And it includes many political parties as well. Its easy to say 'forget the past' and move on. But people are hurt emotionally and so are the protests. So its better for SL cricketers to respect people's sentiment and skip Chennai matches for IPL to go through peacefully.

  • on March 27, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    No disrespect to murali, as he is one of the most respected cricketer of the modern era. But of all he got to think about the past as well. Of course with the talent he had any team in the world would have been good to him, but what about the rest who lost their breath. I am from Chennai and a big fan of ipl, but i feel happy at last our government had a say and it is in practice.

  • Enrico1973 on March 27, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    @mprtn2002 and @InsideHedge - You people are still living in the past. Murali is correct. He is a moderate Tamil and speaks the truth. Sri Lanka is FINALLY at peace and the entire world should leave it as it is. Most commentators of 'hate' such as yourselves should be sent to SL first to observe for your selves the true ground situation. Its peaceful and calm!

  • nuekboi on March 27, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    Sports are a way to bring countries together but it seems India just wants to use it to tear them apart

  • mprtn2002 on March 27, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    "It sad to see when Murali say that we tamils are living in peace". As a Srilankan Tamil I m deeply disappointed by his comment.

  • InsideHedge on March 27, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    I think Murali has his head in the sand. Nice guy but he's overreaching, IMO. Still, I hope common sense prevails.

  • Mob_King on March 27, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    Great to hear a true legend of the game - and I do not use the term lightly - taking a stance on this issue.

    All the best Murali mate and for all Sri Lankan brothers as you build a strong, safe and proud nation.

  • booruwa on March 27, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    @Mani Prabhu - Dude the Franchises have the authority to pick and choose whoever is available. Obviously Murali got chosen since he's a star player. To get the opportunity others have to be better, Trying to stop a player is not the answer. Honest comments from Murali, Sri Lankas champ!

  • on March 27, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    This is what happeb when Politics come into sports...Saddest day of cricket..... Lankan players have to boycott this ipl and further tour of india..

  • MelbourneMiracle on March 27, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    @taniap: Salute to you! Spot on with your comment. Cannot agree anymore!

  • ----LoveTheWayLionsPlay--- on March 27, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    We are proud of you Murali.If they not allow to play in Chennai, please boycott this year's IPL.We can't expect this from Sanga, Mahela or Malinga.But hope you'll do this.We are delighted if atleast one player put country over money.

  • on March 27, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    ok please stop this...you played enough...its our turn to play...

  • Anubhav-the-Experience on March 27, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    People are more important than sports, but Indians do not know what's true and what's not in Sri-Lanka. I don't know why we only boycott a country when our people are hurt. Its humanitarian crisis that we should boycott. Only TN is protesting and that's not a good sign, either way.

  • on March 27, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    Come to Sri Lanka and play IPL matches ( specerly Chenni Super King ) in Colombo, Kandy , Hambanthota and Dambulla. We welcome you all as a brothers.

  • Dr.Lakson on March 27, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Great to hear Murali's comments and stand on this issue. Sri Lanka definitely needs to work on the reconciliation issue. But mixing politics with cricket is not cricket.

  • FazleAbed on March 27, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Murali Should boycot IPL. If IPL doesnt allow srilankan players in chennai it is direct insult to every srilankans. Please boycot IPL. Save your countries pride.

  • satishchandar on March 27, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    Showing dissent in sport for political relationship is not something unique here.. India had it previously against Pakistan and it is still continuing in IPL, Australia and England didn't tour to Kenya or to SL previously citing security reasons in WC(while other teams traveled unscratched), whole world knows about the situation in Zimbabwe and they were even removed test status and the biggest of them the apartheid of SA cricket team.. For IPL and that too in one location they have banned SL players for reasons which you might understand if you think from locals perspective.. Yes even i will miss SL players on screen but every team has enough players to play without SL guys.. Last year Sanga dropped himself and they did ok with White.. Mahela(especially with absence of KP) and Malinga are the trump cards of the teams which will make difference of missing one game..

  • on March 27, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    "...So the concerned authorities in India must come and see how we are living in Sri Lanka and FORGET what happened in the past"."Forgetting the past"...Murali,are you kidding??

  • on March 27, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    I love Murali and wat he said is right. as an Indian i cant understand why govt cant give security to LANKANS . Sri lanka is like brother to India.

  • Thefakebook on March 27, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    Murali is right let cricket create peace!

  • sharidas on March 27, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Why not shift all CSK games to Kochi or Visakhapatnam or any other place, where crowds can be guaranteed ?. If Tamilnadu government feels that they will find it hard to protect Sri Lankan players in Chennai, then that is what should be done.

  • taniap on March 27, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    Sports is a great unifyer. Chennai should have taken a leaf from Nelson Mandela's book on how he used Rugby for uniting deeply divided people.

    Having said that, I agree completely with Murali on how life in in SL as a member of minority. I don't feel out of place at all, history is just that,.. history. I see more carnage in countries like USA, UK and even India on a day-to-day basis than in SL. People who make allegations should come and visit here for themselves.

    Oh well, it is India's loss. Soon they will realize they've alienated everyone except they own nationals - IPL will have to be played with "All India" teams - good luck to them.

  • ABTHARAN on March 27, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    Just look at Angelo Davis Mathews , kid of Tamil father and Sinhalese mother captaining Sri Lankan Team. Why cant these people see the ground reality

  • half_blood-prince on March 27, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    Usually i dont have soft corners for sri lankans as an indian (nothing to do with current scenario i just dont like sl fans' atitude) but this time it is completely ridiculous decision frm BCCI. they could change the venue rather than banning sl players..bt mr.india cement has a lot of love for chennai...btw barring csk no other team would mind that because they just wont have sl players in 1 out of 16 matches.

  • on March 27, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    It's good that a icon like Murali, has stated the true situation. Not only Murali but Russel Arnold as well as the present skipper Matthews (as mentioned by Manjula) are of Tamil origin. Even during the height of ethnic tensions in the 1980's SL had players like Vinodhan John, who were Tamil.

  • ramli on March 27, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    Sports and politics cannot always be delinked ... it happened with SA for apartheid reasons ... it happened with Israel ... it has happened with Pak and India ... let us not get into that ... there are new restrictions laid on SL players' participation that too only in Chennai ... players have to take the call ... by accepting, they do not play in Chennai ... by rejecting, they are free to skip IPL 6 ... there are enough players in IPL teams to compensate for the temporary losses either way

  • srilankan1984 on March 27, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    Respect Murali, U ra true Srilankan Tamil..

  • philipsmgp on March 27, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    Mr.AB99 even with all the srilankan players playing in previous IPL CSk has reached Semifinals 5 times.So dont try to project as if srilankan players are world beaters.apart from MALINGA no other srilankan was succesful last year. And for your information malinga taken to walls by CSK last year.CSK doest mind playing any oppositions particularly ordinary srilankan players.

  • on March 27, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    all those who worrying about chennai.....i dont even think any SL player wud even play in XI.....they might continue with the same XI they had success with last year....there were no SL players...only kulasekara was just tried for few matches and he was ineffective...the 4 foreigners in XI will be faf, M hussey, dwayne Bravo and probably hilfy/A Morkel.

  • satishchandar on March 27, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    @AB99 : CSK won't play two SL players in all their 16 games.. Probably 18-19 games as they make finals almost everytime.. One a good bowler who won 2 games last seasons and another a fresh mystery spinner.. They too will miss a couple of players for the whole seasons..

  • Crickyboy on March 27, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    It is indeed a very sad day for cricket as sports should bring people closer together - unfortunately here the politicians are using it to divide the people for their petty gains... Murali, people must salute you for having the courage to speak your mind (coming from a Tamil background) while well knowing that you also could risk your life going back to TN one day... Murali, you were a legend in cricket world - You just showed that it is not just the magical bowling that made you a legend...

  • AB99 on March 27, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    IPL Chairman says "Each team has a disadvantage for only one game: - True. But CSK gets an advantage for eight games as the opposition would not be able to play their best teams. And this is unfair. So all the CSK matches should be moved out of TN, just the way Pak matches for ICC-Women's WC2013 were oved out of Mumbai.

  • on March 27, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    War is Over now.Tamils live here peacefully.Don't dream or imagine.Just come SL and watch....Hail Sri Lanka.Respect Murali.....:)

  • on March 27, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    Murali We are right behind for speaking the truth..!

  • on March 27, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    @Vicky Yes. Our tamil brothers live peasefully with us.Their was a war in the past with terrorist but now it's over. Their are no problem in our country now. But tamilnadu people trying to create problems in Sri lanka. As chandana said you should visit Sri lanka and see your own eyes , how we living here.

  • on March 27, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    to all my indian friends,plz read this Angelo Davis Mathews (born 2 June 1987) is a Sri Lankan cricketer and the present captain of their Test and ODI sides. Born in Colombo, to a Jaffna Tamil father and a Sinhalese mother, so plz visit sri lanka,,,,,,or call some one from sri lanka first before putting any comments, and well done mura,,,,,,

  • rajithwijepura on March 27, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    If part of India not support srilanka or srilankan cricket, then why you going to support India and play IPL. You can just boycott it. The thing is everyone one need money. No one want to stand for his/her country. Thats the bitter truth. Sad about our srilankan players. Once they were our heros. But not anymore I guess

  • on March 27, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    Mr Vicky Please visit Sri Lanka and see for your self how peacefully and harmony we Siinhalese and common Tamils live here and how theTtamils are being treated here , do not listen to others falls words fall pray to some pundits who are having other or personal political agendas.Please visit SL and go to north east, I am sure you will realize what is wrong and what is correct.Tamils are friends of ours and they human beans who live and interact with other communities very closely.

  • soumyas on March 27, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    u can take out Srilankans from tamilnadu, but u can't take out tamils from Srilanka...

  • on March 27, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    It's a TOTAL failure of democracy in India and the rule of law. Having said that, the sentiment of the Tamil people in the state of TN is at a volatile stage. The best thing the BCCI and IPL council could have done is to move every Chennai fixture to a neighbouring venue like Kochi for example. It's unfair to ask Sri Lankan players to not play when they have nothing to do with the political strife between Sri Lanka and India. It's ridiculous because on one hand the Chennai people want Sri Lankan players out of their city, and on the other hand, they will continue to support the Chennai Super Kings when they do play with Sri Lankan players outside of Tamil Nadu. This is double standards according to me and full of political gimmicks. Jayalalitha has chosen the most appropriate time to latch up some extra votes for future elections by playing such a game. Feel sorry for all Sri Lankan players involved.

  • diehardbdfan on March 27, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    @sinhaya dude are u blind? Murali retired from intl cric. He can't play in t20 wc2014

  • Arrow011 on March 27, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    Murali is right, Sri Lanka is very good now, the menace of LTTE is over. Mahinda Rajapakse deserves Nobel prize for bringing peace in the island. It is time BCCI treats this issue seriously & provides proper security to the Sri Lankan players to play in Madras. Madras is inside India & the Govt. has to take care of the visiting players than banning them for the city alone.

  • Vicky_22 on March 27, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    Ofcourse Mr. Murali you r right... you r getting security, support everything ...and is

    your duty to support Srilanka even if u don't like it. but what

    about common Tamilian in Srilanka ...are they treated as same as you ??? forget

    the same as you ...can they live peacefully....?

  • Solace1 on March 27, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    But look at the positive side murali, you can take rest for that game and be in shape for the all important t20 world cup in bangladesh in 2014

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  • Solace1 on March 27, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    But look at the positive side murali, you can take rest for that game and be in shape for the all important t20 world cup in bangladesh in 2014

  • Vicky_22 on March 27, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    Ofcourse Mr. Murali you r right... you r getting security, support everything ...and is

    your duty to support Srilanka even if u don't like it. but what

    about common Tamilian in Srilanka ...are they treated as same as you ??? forget

    the same as you ...can they live peacefully....?

  • Arrow011 on March 27, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    Murali is right, Sri Lanka is very good now, the menace of LTTE is over. Mahinda Rajapakse deserves Nobel prize for bringing peace in the island. It is time BCCI treats this issue seriously & provides proper security to the Sri Lankan players to play in Madras. Madras is inside India & the Govt. has to take care of the visiting players than banning them for the city alone.

  • diehardbdfan on March 27, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    @sinhaya dude are u blind? Murali retired from intl cric. He can't play in t20 wc2014

  • on March 27, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    It's a TOTAL failure of democracy in India and the rule of law. Having said that, the sentiment of the Tamil people in the state of TN is at a volatile stage. The best thing the BCCI and IPL council could have done is to move every Chennai fixture to a neighbouring venue like Kochi for example. It's unfair to ask Sri Lankan players to not play when they have nothing to do with the political strife between Sri Lanka and India. It's ridiculous because on one hand the Chennai people want Sri Lankan players out of their city, and on the other hand, they will continue to support the Chennai Super Kings when they do play with Sri Lankan players outside of Tamil Nadu. This is double standards according to me and full of political gimmicks. Jayalalitha has chosen the most appropriate time to latch up some extra votes for future elections by playing such a game. Feel sorry for all Sri Lankan players involved.

  • soumyas on March 27, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    u can take out Srilankans from tamilnadu, but u can't take out tamils from Srilanka...

  • on March 27, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    Mr Vicky Please visit Sri Lanka and see for your self how peacefully and harmony we Siinhalese and common Tamils live here and how theTtamils are being treated here , do not listen to others falls words fall pray to some pundits who are having other or personal political agendas.Please visit SL and go to north east, I am sure you will realize what is wrong and what is correct.Tamils are friends of ours and they human beans who live and interact with other communities very closely.

  • rajithwijepura on March 27, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    If part of India not support srilanka or srilankan cricket, then why you going to support India and play IPL. You can just boycott it. The thing is everyone one need money. No one want to stand for his/her country. Thats the bitter truth. Sad about our srilankan players. Once they were our heros. But not anymore I guess

  • on March 27, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    to all my indian friends,plz read this Angelo Davis Mathews (born 2 June 1987) is a Sri Lankan cricketer and the present captain of their Test and ODI sides. Born in Colombo, to a Jaffna Tamil father and a Sinhalese mother, so plz visit sri lanka,,,,,,or call some one from sri lanka first before putting any comments, and well done mura,,,,,,

  • on March 27, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    @Vicky Yes. Our tamil brothers live peasefully with us.Their was a war in the past with terrorist but now it's over. Their are no problem in our country now. But tamilnadu people trying to create problems in Sri lanka. As chandana said you should visit Sri lanka and see your own eyes , how we living here.