IPL 2013 news March 27, 2013

Muralitharan disappointed with IPL ruling

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Prasad 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.

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

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

  • Tony 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Tony 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.

  • Raj 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.

  • KING 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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Chandru 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

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