India news March 25, 2013

BCCI chief plays down IPL disruption threat

ESPNcricinfo staff
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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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  • ProdigyA 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.

  • ROX_xxx 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 .

  • starincricket 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..

  • 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)

  • senthil25 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 risk..........so better stay home....& watch.....

  • KallisTheGreatest 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.

  • SKeshan 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 :)

  • satishchandar 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..

  • 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

  • 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

  • ProdigyA 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.

  • ROX_xxx 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 .

  • starincricket 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..

  • 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)

  • senthil25 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 risk..........so better stay home....& watch.....

  • KallisTheGreatest 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.

  • SKeshan 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 :)

  • satishchandar 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..

  • 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

  • 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

  • kk777 on March 25, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    Saw the interview. Kind of a nice chap. Not at all what media has painted him as. Is very candid when talking about cricket, Sachin, Dhoni(Clearly his favorites). He only got irritated after telling the interviewer that he was not the right person to answer a particular question(at least 5-6 times) and still the guy went on putting the same questions. Guys, you need to understand that he is an administrator of the whole organization. Neither an IPL Chairman nor a selector. Plus he obviously can't discuss everything he does behind closed doors. We need to give guys like him some break. He is doing far better than some other boards(viz. PCB, SLC, WICB, CA, ECB, NZC, should I say more ?) .

  • John_Raj_Mohammad_Singh on March 25, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    Makes no difference WHAT-SO-EVERRR! My gorgeous love called India is such a passionate and powerful cricket nation that it needs no one else to succeed.

    People said the IPL is going to fail without Pakistanis, it didn't. As a matter of fact, it GREW. Now, if the Lankans want to quit, that's fine too. We'll do just fine with or without them.

    So to my Lankan brothers, I say, not a problem Gentlemen, if your players don't want to earn as much money in 2 months as they make in a whole year playing for Sri Lanka (oh, that's WHEN your board decides to pay them lol), while at the same time making friends, and getting experience on Indian conditions, that's fine by us.

  • on March 25, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    India LOVES all her friends. Sri Lankans are good friends to Indians and historically our nations share much more in common; be it culture, traditions, food, faith, music etc. I am sure Sri Lankan players will be safe in India. Indian fans admire many Sri Lankan cricketers from Murali to Jayasuriya. I am sure this year's IPL will be a successful event. I am not a big T20 fan but most of my friends and relatives are. I also plan to attend some of the CSK home games because I am from Chennai. Most of the protests here are politically oriented. In my opinion, politics have no place in sports.

  • on March 25, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    No srilankan players will be allowed in chennai for playing ....

  • Vernacular_Press on March 25, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    Nobody here hates srilankan people.I think certainly there will be few protests.

  • ashangamage on March 25, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    Hi all indian friends, As Sri lankans ,we know current situation in india. But we need protection for our players .anyway good luck for IPL. We Loves IT...

  • Baseball-Sucks on March 25, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    I don't understand why everybody is hates our players. They are the most gentle n the nicest team of cricketers going around. Once they were shot at, now getting death threats. :(( Btw Its gonna be a big blow for IPL if our players pull out coz they are all key players. Delhi n Sunrisers will lose their skippers, Mahela n Sanga. MI will be half weaken with out their pace spearhead Malinga. And Dilshan, Thisara, Murali, Mathews, Mendis n so on.

  • KallisTheGreatest on March 25, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    Now it's time to arrange tri series between Pakistan, England and Sri Lanka.

  • on March 25, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    We dont have pakistani players playing in the IPL.Now we will not have SL players playing in the IPL. WOW we will only have local players playing in the IPL after few years.

  • on March 25, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    Hope the Sri Lankan players are treated well during the IPL. And wish that IPL will be more successful than ever. I too feel India is safe for cricket. And even if some protests happen the situation will not be anywhere close to what happened in 2009 in Pakistan to them.

  • josethekochite on March 25, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    Please ensure that complete security is given for the players in Chennai otherwise please dont take a risk and move out the games to any other place.

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  • josethekochite on March 25, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    Please ensure that complete security is given for the players in Chennai otherwise please dont take a risk and move out the games to any other place.

  • on March 25, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    Hope the Sri Lankan players are treated well during the IPL. And wish that IPL will be more successful than ever. I too feel India is safe for cricket. And even if some protests happen the situation will not be anywhere close to what happened in 2009 in Pakistan to them.

  • on March 25, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    We dont have pakistani players playing in the IPL.Now we will not have SL players playing in the IPL. WOW we will only have local players playing in the IPL after few years.

  • KallisTheGreatest on March 25, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    Now it's time to arrange tri series between Pakistan, England and Sri Lanka.

  • Baseball-Sucks on March 25, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    I don't understand why everybody is hates our players. They are the most gentle n the nicest team of cricketers going around. Once they were shot at, now getting death threats. :(( Btw Its gonna be a big blow for IPL if our players pull out coz they are all key players. Delhi n Sunrisers will lose their skippers, Mahela n Sanga. MI will be half weaken with out their pace spearhead Malinga. And Dilshan, Thisara, Murali, Mathews, Mendis n so on.

  • ashangamage on March 25, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    Hi all indian friends, As Sri lankans ,we know current situation in india. But we need protection for our players .anyway good luck for IPL. We Loves IT...

  • Vernacular_Press on March 25, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    Nobody here hates srilankan people.I think certainly there will be few protests.

  • on March 25, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    No srilankan players will be allowed in chennai for playing ....

  • on March 25, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    India LOVES all her friends. Sri Lankans are good friends to Indians and historically our nations share much more in common; be it culture, traditions, food, faith, music etc. I am sure Sri Lankan players will be safe in India. Indian fans admire many Sri Lankan cricketers from Murali to Jayasuriya. I am sure this year's IPL will be a successful event. I am not a big T20 fan but most of my friends and relatives are. I also plan to attend some of the CSK home games because I am from Chennai. Most of the protests here are politically oriented. In my opinion, politics have no place in sports.

  • John_Raj_Mohammad_Singh on March 25, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    Makes no difference WHAT-SO-EVERRR! My gorgeous love called India is such a passionate and powerful cricket nation that it needs no one else to succeed.

    People said the IPL is going to fail without Pakistanis, it didn't. As a matter of fact, it GREW. Now, if the Lankans want to quit, that's fine too. We'll do just fine with or without them.

    So to my Lankan brothers, I say, not a problem Gentlemen, if your players don't want to earn as much money in 2 months as they make in a whole year playing for Sri Lanka (oh, that's WHEN your board decides to pay them lol), while at the same time making friends, and getting experience on Indian conditions, that's fine by us.