India news March 25, 2013

BCCI chief plays down IPL disruption threat

ESPNcricinfo staff

N Srinivasan, the BCCI president, has said the concerns surrounding the participation of Sri Lankan players in the IPL was an "operational issue" and would be handled accordingly.

Political tensions in India, especially in Tamil Nadu, over the treatment of Tamils in Sri Lanka had resulted in the Sri Lanka Players' Association raising concerns over the safety of Sri Lanka players in India during the IPL. Thirteen Sri Lankan players have been contracted with different franchises, including Chennai Super Kings who have Nuwan Kulasekara and Akila Dananjaya as part of their squad.

"India is a safe place," Srinivasan said in an interview to NDTV. "Every state in India is safe for playing cricket. I cannot predict anything, but these are operational matters. We have an event manager, IMG, who will deal with local issues as and when they arise. I believe the government of Tamil Nadu is extremely capable of handling any situation and there is absolutely no problem of law and order or anything of that kind here. And the IPL is still some time away. These are issues which, I think, will get sorted out."

Srinivasan also said that he was unaware of requests made by IPL franchises to shift games but said the board and the IPL would discuss the situation if needed.

Srinivasan expressed his happiness with India's 4-0 series win against Australia but refused to comment on the future of Sachin Tendulkar, who will turn 40 next month. In the home series against England, Tendulkar scored 112 runs at an average of 18.66, and he made 192 runs at an average of 32 against Australia. Having already retired from one-day internationals in December last year, and with India's next Test series several months away, there has been speculation about Tendulkar's Test retirement.

"I don't think anyone of us can talk about Sachin," Srinivasan said. "He is possibly the greatest cricketer India has produced. I don't think it is for us to sit and analyse his performance series-wise. Sachin is different from others. This is a personal view. I distinguish between selection and my view. If you ask my view, if you ask me what I feel, I think every Indian will say that Sachin is different from others."

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  • Shiv on March 26, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    Whats the deal. It wont make any different, IMO. All SL players are old and just want to make money before retiring so IPL will not be effected at all except for Maliga though, love to see his yorkers.

  • Tharindu on March 26, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    Sad to see politics in cricket .. No hard feelings :) anyone agrees with the decision simply doesn't no what cricket is all about .

  • Kanagarajan on March 26, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    No need to move matches from chennai.. whenever play needs to happen on chennai, drop SL players on playing 11. and replace 1 or 2 SL players with other team members..

  • Dummy4 on March 26, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    Chennai Super Kings are set to drop their two Sri Lankan recruits - Nuwan Kulasekara and Akila Dhananjaya - for the entire sixth edition of the Indian Premier League starting on April 3.

    The Times Of India (Mar 26, 2013)

  • Senthil on March 26, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    Yes India is Safe plays to play cricket, but now the situation is not goods against Srilankans in Chennai, My humble request for the Srilankans fans dont come here to chennai, For the Players they will give Security but for the Srilankans fans highly better stay home....& watch.....

  • Jason on March 26, 2013, 3:22 GMT

    If Sri Lankan players not playing in IPL, one thing is pretty sure.Mumbai Indians will finish bottom on the points table.

  • Sameera on March 26, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    Sri Lankan Cricket players got nothing to do with Politics let these players be a part in ipl and just enjoy the Fun guys we all are cricket lovers :)

  • Satish Chandar on March 26, 2013, 2:20 GMT

    I guess the situation is not that good in Chennai for SL players.. It will certainly cause unnecessary havoc.. There are absolutely no death threats but protests not to play SL players in Chennai.. Sensible decision will be not to play the SL players in Chennai atleast.. If giving level playing field is necessary, move the games out of Chennai.. Increasing security and stuffs will not solve the issues..

  • Dummy4 on March 26, 2013, 2:03 GMT

    Cricket is Gentleman's game , there are no berries for politics........lets play sprites of game.....and cheers to all players & teams .....Best wishes to IPL..Good Luck from Sri Lanka

  • Dummy4 on March 25, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    to be very clear ..we welcomes sri lankan players for the IPL6 and i don't think they have any threat playing here in India .. from my point of view sport is a different thing from

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