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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)

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

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!

Posted by   on (March 27, 2013, 10:37 GMT)

@ Chitra Ram : Whatever you said is 100% correct, I am not sure why some of these guys hate CSK, may be we are just more popular than they can imagine

Posted by Zaheerahmed on (March 27, 2013, 10:00 GMT)

Cricket in India reminds many of us of our very young days of playing cricket on the streets where the boy with the least cricketing abilities had a new ball and bat and he would only let those play who could not get him out. Grow up.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2013, 9:32 GMT)

@Elite_Achilles: what advantage to CSK you are talking about?? CSK is a 2 time IPL Champions and mind you, they have faced those Sri Lankan players that you have mentioned in your list (except Mutthiah Muralitharan, who is an ex-CSK player himself) to win the titles!! CSK does not need such cheap tactics to be Champions!! @siri12345: jealousy of people like you will only help CSK to excel further in IPL.. "other teams to thrash CSK"?? No wonder, IPL is commonly known as a tournament where 8 or 9 teams toil so hard to win against 1 formidable team i.e CSK... hahaha.. pray hard because most of our CSK players look very formidable in their present forms!

Posted by zaeem007 on (March 27, 2013, 9:24 GMT)

Sri Lanka cricket board should not give NOC to the players. It is now high time to make your position clear.

Posted by siri12345 on (March 27, 2013, 8:12 GMT)

this is plain ridiculous.this is a heights of mixing sports with politics.this issue will grow larger as the ipl starts and this will certainly help csk the luckiest team ever to play cricket.just waiting all the other teams to thrash csk in csk away games .

Posted by   on (March 27, 2013, 8:00 GMT)

I think this is the correct decision. Whole India is with Tamil Nadu. SL players should not have been allowed in IPL matches anywhere in India.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2013, 7:58 GMT)

Change the venue, its not fair for India and Cricket.

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (March 27, 2013, 7:56 GMT)

@Karthickssk ; What pressure ??? lol Do you really think that IPL has any impact on Sri Lanka economically or politically ?? lol. In fact, Its good for SL players though. they get paid in millions for doing nothing. lol

Posted by cricbee on (March 27, 2013, 7:49 GMT)

Ridiculous decision to satisfy the appeasement politics of Tamilnadu.

Posted by Ramansilva on (March 27, 2013, 7:46 GMT)

Teams have picked players after many considerations. If a subsequent factor (in this case the decision by BCCI or IPL or TN govt) affect the teams, positively or negatively, then the matches should be changed to neutral venue. Asking certain players not to come and play is an irrational decision.

Posted by Karthickssk on (March 27, 2013, 7:29 GMT)

Good decision… If this action is taken for the entire India it would be great… pulling SL players only at Chennai will not create much pressure for SL government to take necessary action for Tamils welfare in Srilanka.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2013, 7:01 GMT)

good decision by Tamilnadu government.

Posted by Elite_Achilles on (March 27, 2013, 6:54 GMT)

The "ban" will affect Chennai Super Kings? That's soo senseless! In fact, its an advantage to CSK!..every home game, they dont need to face giants like Lasith Malinga, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Muttiah Muralitharan and many other good players..whereas, they leave out their relatively weak players like Nuwan Kulasekara and Akila Dananjaya!

Posted by Pruffins on (March 27, 2013, 5:18 GMT)

This is Indial Premier League. You people want to change the venue from Chennai, just for the sake of 13 Srilankan players. This is Insane... Correct decision made by Government Council...

Posted by soumyas on (March 27, 2013, 5:14 GMT)

Every time 2 of the final 4 games kept at Chennai despite of burning summer, at least now they shud be moved to cooler places weather wise and political wise.

Posted by ChenLee on (March 27, 2013, 5:08 GMT)

I am a dieheart 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.

Posted by IndiaChampspakchumps on (March 27, 2013, 4:36 GMT)

Dump Chennai as a venue. Play the matches elsewhere.

Posted by Rakesh_TN on (March 27, 2013, 4:31 GMT)

Good move by Tamil Nadu government

Posted by   on (March 27, 2013, 4:06 GMT)

Chennai Super kings need not be based in Chennai, they should change their Headquarters from Chennai to Pondicherry,which is a Union Trritory and they need not play any matches in Chennai, all matches can be played outside Tamil Nadu.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2013, 3:44 GMT)

Change the venue.Change the venue

Posted by CRmadrid on (March 27, 2013, 3:13 GMT)

This is madness by Indian Govt. For once mixing politics with sport is insane.Secondly please worry about your people in your country before shouting. Tamils in Sri Lanka living peacefully & happily without an issue. Making this a big deal internationally means making more and more difficult for tamils living in Sri Lanka.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2013, 3:12 GMT)

We are living in a very tentative period. It is sad that sport and sportsperson who are supposedly brand ambassadors for their respective countries.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2013, 2:46 GMT)

Just change the venue, why players? are they not human beings with respect. Why IPL has double standards for chennai & Hyderabad.

Posted by vsroc on (March 27, 2013, 2:21 GMT)

Posted by Venkat Sraman Thanks to Tamil Nadu Government for their timely action which will enable cricket fans all over India and the world to witness the IPL matches live at the lovely Chepauk stadium as well enjoy the excitement through TV.


Posted by   on (March 27, 2013, 2:06 GMT)

why politics is involved in sports..Its totally unfair..This will create a disrespect for cricket in India.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2013, 0:37 GMT)

Hey Xeal Qoofaure, in America MLB postseason is called the World series because it features the best players from around the world, Japan, Dominican Republic, S.Korea, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada, Spain, and USA

Posted by ex-Srilankan on (March 26, 2013, 22:32 GMT)

This whole issue is complicated and it is too simplistic to condemn or support the actions taken by the IPL. To those who say not to mix politics with sport, Sri Lankan cricket is run by the Sri Lankan government, so the actions by IPL are the result of what is happening in Sri Lanka, not India or Tamil Nadu.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2013, 22:08 GMT)

Pakistan has played their home series in other countries like Sharjah due to security concerns. Likewise, Chennai should play their home games elsewhere.Rest of the franchises should demand it. Great idea about playing Chennai's home games in Ranchi. A bold move like this by BPL will teach the politicians their own place.

Posted by kalyanbk on (March 26, 2013, 20:08 GMT)

As a Tamil and CSK fan, I cannot understand how this can help Sri Lankan Tamils. By allowing more people to people contact where Sri Lankans and Tamils get to understand and work with each other, you actually help them understand each other's pains and challenges as human beings. On the other hand alienating them will only let hatred continue towards each other.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

IPL should have left Chennai. It is time for Indian politicians to grow up.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2013, 19:38 GMT)

Better change all matches from Chennai to other locations/ or May be withdraw CSK team from IPL it would be better to TamilNadu to not to concentrate on fancy cricket particularly there are more other important thinks like finding solutions for Powercut 2/3 of a day and heavy decline in Agriculture with heavy draught.

Posted by stormy16 on (March 26, 2013, 18:48 GMT)

This is a joke I am afraid and I am not going to get in to the tamil issue in SL but the bottom line is what ever the issue it should not result in this outcome. Sport is just that - sport - it should never be used to push other agendas, there are other platforms for them but sport must always remain just purely a contest between the best players - this is the very essence of a contest and the failure to comprehend that very basic ellement is rather sad but its a reflection of the powers who brought about this. If anyone really beleive this is going to change the past or the future they are kidding themselves.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2013, 18:33 GMT)

It is a clear case of double standards followed by IPL Governing Council..Deccan Chargers(Ex-franchisee of IPL Hyderabad team) home matches were shifted from Andhra Pradesh citing security issues in 2010 .In this edition IPL GC made a decision to play at Chennai by compromising the interests of other franchises.This reduces the strength of other teams facing CSK. When they are able to shift the home matches of a franchisee three seasons ago then they should have done the same thing with CSK this time around.This is a clear case of conflict of interest.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

Posted by Venkat Sraman In the spirit of the IPL ,let Sri Lankan players stay away from participating in matches against CSK.

Posted by sanurakith on (March 26, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

My dear friends... As a Sri Lankan, I cordially invite the guys, who are commenting against Sri Lanka, to come and visit our peaceful country, at least once... U will see how all the Tamilians are living peacefully here... Do not comment, without knowing anything... They are well served here, perhaps they are living a better lives than some Sinhalese... Don't spoil the game of cricket, as well as the peacefulness in our country... You do not need to worry about the rights of tamilians in Sri lanka... we and our govt will take care of them... if you are so worried (as I saw 1 comment, saying that they are fighting to get a good place in Sri Lanka for tamilians), why don't you ask these tamilians to come over to Tamilnadu and live there... do that and show your respect for them, without creating unnecessary, stupid issues...

Matches should be shifted to other places or SLC should not leave SL players to play in IPL...

Posted by Alexk400 on (March 26, 2013, 17:45 GMT)

Why not move CSK team to ranchi this season IPL. Problem solved. Dhoni would be happy with home cooked food. :)

Posted by yorkslanka on (March 26, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

I think that the SL board should not accept this and ban all our players from attending the competition..the way we are being treated is ridiculous..

Posted by torsha on (March 26, 2013, 16:57 GMT)

This is not politics. It is a dangerous situation. Good job TN government. I think there is nothing wrong with this decision.

Posted by kirikat on (March 26, 2013, 16:53 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan cricket fan, hope IPL will drop all Sri Lankan cricketers from IPL6 instead only CSK players,, So they can concentrate more on their national duty... If that happened it would be the greatest thing happened to SL cricket after 96 WC win...

Posted by Geeks on (March 26, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

Its not about TN cant provide security. TN is one of the safest states in India. Its about respecting the sentiments of TN people. Its one form of protest to get attraction so that IPL fans/followers now would start to learn the seriousness of the issue going on in SL.

Posted by shrini1963 on (March 26, 2013, 16:10 GMT)

Raipur can also be considered as a venue as it is the second home ground for Delhi Daredevils. Stadium with a capacity of 65 thousand second only to Eden Gardens. Few of the matches featuring Srilankan players can also be played at Raipur.

Posted by Sankara on (March 26, 2013, 16:01 GMT)

TN government's action is actually giving an unfair advantage to CSK. Why should Sunrisers play without Sangakkara and Perriera in Chennai. That would be so unfair. So drop Chennai or drop CSK from this edition. Political parties will then be forced to consider whether they are more worried about Lankan Tamils or TN's Tamil Cricket lovers

Posted by SSJG on (March 26, 2013, 15:59 GMT)

Pathetic! Either cancel all matches in Chennai or SL players shouof not be playing in this edition.

Posted by NP_NY on (March 26, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

@Xeal Qoofaure: Politics? It is better not to talk about stuff that you have no clue about, my friend.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2013, 15:43 GMT)

It would have been better to pull out all matches from Tamil Nadu like they did for Hyderabad last year. It is stupid to make this an issue driven only by domestic politics. Keeping SL players out of the IPL in Chennai, how is that supposed to help the Tamil cause?

Posted by   on (March 26, 2013, 15:40 GMT)

I hink all the matches should be moved out of chennai

Posted by manazir.SL on (March 26, 2013, 15:31 GMT)

Unfair by Indian cricket board, preventing SL players only at chennai is something debatable..... If they feel regard security of players only the decision acceptable.. otherwise players from SL should prevent for whole series or else give permission to participate in every matches wherever scheduled.........................

I don't think the current decision effect much for CSK team, but other teams will feel badly with CSK matches at chennai, also at knockout match.....

Posted by   on (March 26, 2013, 15:28 GMT)

And that won't hurt CSK. But it will make it easy for them to beat MI, RCB and DD at home!

Posted by KallisTheGreatest on (March 26, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

Then CSK should drop one of their key players (dhoni ,raina, or ashwin ) in that games.otherwise it'll be unfair.

Posted by GoldenRed on (March 26, 2013, 15:18 GMT)

This is sheer advantage to CSK.

Posted by kary2904 on (March 26, 2013, 13:52 GMT)

why don't they just move the venue, is it really necessary to conduct games while the whole state is grieving ?

Posted by Farce-Follower on (March 26, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

Very, very poorly thought out decision. The IPL managing committee is a spineless one. Lalit Modi would have shifted matches out of TN and would have preserved the sanctity of IPL (whatever that means).

Posted by   on (March 26, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

If u ban SL players, we will miss key players in most team. dont forget they are No 1 T20 side now

Posted by   on (March 26, 2013, 13:38 GMT)

I think the BCCI should move both the eliminator matches out of Chennai, so that the other franchicers will be happy.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2013, 13:28 GMT)

move games out of chennai..

Posted by   on (March 26, 2013, 13:23 GMT)

The qualifiers must be moved from Chennai in such case. What fun is it if Mumbai and Delhi play without Malinga and Mahela? Just silly.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2013, 13:19 GMT)

IPL may loose it appeal without SL players. So, they have an option to take some players form Ban or Zim or any other countries.

Posted by getsetgopk on (March 26, 2013, 11:52 GMT)

Its nothing new in India, settling political scores on the cricket field is shameful to say the least.

Posted by SureshBravo on (March 26, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

Students are on the streets better srilankan players stay away.... TN have done good for Srilankan players.... this is not politics... real issue ....

Posted by cnksnk on (March 26, 2013, 11:32 GMT)

So no matches in Chennai. Since Ranchi now has a great cricket ground, I think atleast 50 % of the matches will be played in Ranchi - Dhoni country. There may be only 1 match in Chennai with Kings XI as they do not have any Sri Lankan players

But over all very sad for the cricket followers of Chennai and CSK has been the top team for the last 5 years.

Posted by Narbavi on (March 26, 2013, 11:32 GMT)

Some people suggested that the games be shifted out of chennai, that would be disastrous for 1000's of fans like me who have planned to catch the action live, you want the games to be shifted just because one or two players from each team won't be able to play in chennai? Thats unfair, they can still play atleast 15 matches except for kulasekara and dananjaya ofcourse!!

Posted by himohan007 on (March 26, 2013, 11:30 GMT)

I am a Tamil and living in Chennai itself. This is worst move by policticans. They are simply doing this politics for upcomming elections. Would love BCCI for their Brave move if all matches Chennai with SL player by asking security form central government.

Posted by RathishCochin on (March 26, 2013, 11:29 GMT)

If Tamilnadu govt can't give any security, shift games from Tamilnadu. Kochi, Ahamedabad, Ranchi etc. all are good to replace Chennai as CSK home ground. Don't ban Srilankan player, they have the right to play in IPL. Also don't mix up poltics with cricket. We already doing a mistake by ignoring Pakistanies.. In past we shift games from Hyderabad, now why we fearing to shift games from Chennai?

Posted by   on (March 26, 2013, 11:29 GMT)

Dirty politics by TN dirty politicians.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2013, 11:27 GMT)

Why do Indians keep mixing politics and sports? Mostly it is Pakistanis and now it is Sri Lankan players too. Tomorrow they will be playing completely by themselves like American Baseball "World Series"..

Posted by   on (March 26, 2013, 11:16 GMT)

Nuwan Kulasekara and Akila Dananjaya are already dropped from Chennai Super Kings squard.....That move is already expected from TN government...:-)

Posted by ooper_cut on (March 26, 2013, 11:15 GMT)

Makes it easy for CSK to win their matches against their main rivals MI & RCB. Lol,

Posted by Rajeshj on (March 26, 2013, 11:14 GMT)

hats off to TN government... good move.. @yohandf1984 - I am sorry that your players won't have a paid holiday, because they have to play in other matches in other venues... In India, only TN worries about Tamils in SL... others just don't care...

Posted by   on (March 26, 2013, 11:13 GMT)

I love to c SL players not playing IPL. It will be better for them. they will have good rest, will help the future tournament.

Posted by fah4 on (March 26, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

Malinga have to sit out for Mumbai without injury? Really want to see Murli,Malinga,Mahela, Dilshan,etc. in action if they have problem in Chennai they can shift the venue as before this Hyderabad played their matches in other venue when political tension prevails their.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

Those TN politicians are playing another political game aiming next election.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2013, 10:42 GMT)

This is not madness. Other end, Indian origins in Srilanka is suffering alont, being treated like deadly. So it is good step by Tamilnadu CM... Hats off.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2013, 10:40 GMT)

They must be banned.. Better they should not come into TN for their safety.. How many of you know that all colleges were closed due to hunger strike by college students against sri lanka.. major problems running in here.. colleges closed since 17th march and still no signs of opening..

So better read the situation before commenting.. this is not politics.. we were trying to get a safety place for tamilans who live in srilanka..

Posted by orangtan on (March 26, 2013, 10:31 GMT)

The safety of the players is paramount, cricket is only a game. So, if emotions are running high in the state (ESPN, province and state are not synonymous) of Tamilnadu, then it is better to reschedule the matches at another venue.

Posted by SureshBravo on (March 26, 2013, 10:31 GMT)

Tamil nadu govt have done the correct thing.

Posted by yohandf1984 on (March 26, 2013, 10:30 GMT)

Well as a Sri Lankan , i think it s a blessing in disguise . So our players can rest a bit more and concentrate on upcoming Champions Trophy . Contractually Franchises have to pay them at least for this year as they are included in probables list . A paid holiday is likely for our guys .

Posted by BBrianBlair on (March 26, 2013, 10:24 GMT)

Just another political gimmick by TN Government. I'm sure it will fail. Keep politics away from Cricket.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2013, 10:24 GMT)

I think the best thing is to shift the matches out of Chennai.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2013, 10:24 GMT)

this is very badd...... dirty politics....if u dont want to play srilanka players..then ban in chennai.. thisi is very very bad.... worst tamilnadu government

Posted by fab4_india on (March 26, 2013, 10:23 GMT)

well well so here comes first controversy of IPL 6. Absolute madness, but with a simple option...shift the Chennai matches to Kochi...many tamilians live there...and kochi would be missing IPL as there own team was kicked out...

Posted by gmssportive on (March 26, 2013, 10:19 GMT)

I think the people commented here doesnt know abt current situation in tamilnadu. APart from political issue people of tamilnadu fighting for rights of tamil people in srilanka.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (March 26, 2013, 10:14 GMT)

One option is to shift games to kochi or Hyd/vizag (Obviously some vested political members will try to create hostile environment.) But shifting the venues for the sake of few players(max 2/3) doesn't sound alright and franchise may be forced to replace them with other foreginers at home.

Posted by NumberXI on (March 26, 2013, 10:08 GMT)

It is fair to assume that with India throwing out Sri Lankan players - among the most regular international players to appear at the IPL, and that too with their biggest names - the IPL has just become that much poorer. Possibly the first step towards the end of the IPL?

Posted by guptahitesh4u on (March 26, 2013, 10:06 GMT)

If that is the case, the Chennai matches should be shifted to other venue...

Posted by SKeshan on (March 26, 2013, 10:05 GMT)

Absolutely Crazy.......i hope all problems get solved real quick

Posted by   on (March 26, 2013, 10:04 GMT)

This is nonsense!! Politics should not influence the game of cricket :((

Posted by TATTUs on (March 26, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

Firstly its not a province, its a STATE. Secondly its unfortunate that Tamil Nadu has asked for a ban on matches involving SL players.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2013, 9:42 GMT)

This is Madness. . . !!!!!

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