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Ranatunga urges Sri Lanka players to boycott IPL

ESPNcricinfo staff

March 27, 2013

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Arjuna Ranatunga chats with Mahela Jayawardene and Muttiah Muralitharan during a felicitation by the Sri Lankan Parliament, Colombo, January 10, 2008
Arjuna Ranatunga wants his compatriots to choose their pride over money, if they continue to be disallowed from playing matches in Chennai © AFP

Former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga has asked Sri Lankan cricketers to put their pride before money and boycott this season's IPL unless they are allowed to play at all venues.

"If you are not welcome in one part of the country then why play in other venues just because of the money," Ranatunga asked.

He was speaking to the Indian Express in response to the IPL governing council's decision to bar Sri Lankan players from playing in Chennai, because of growing political tensions in Tamil Nadu stemming from the treatment of ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka.

Ranatunga, currently a Member of Parliament for Kalutara district in Sri Lanka, said he believed this decision was nothing more than politics and sport being intertwined, and that cricketers were easy prey because of the fan following and media scrutiny they deal with on a daily basis.

"It won't be easy for players to say no to their pay cheques but at times one has to stand up and say 'no thank you' rather than compromise for the sake of money," he said. "Sri Lankan cricketers are not as well-paid as some of their counterparts and playing in the IPL is a huge attraction but by giving the tournament a skip they make a statement."

He said the decision would be a loss only for the IPL, as the tournament would be without some of the best players from Sri Lanka.

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Posted by Desihungama on (March 29, 2013, 20:46 GMT)

Yep, What ever is happening is what we anticipated. The reins of cricket is in the hands of India and we are all going down with it.

Posted by MrTAPAN on (March 29, 2013, 10:45 GMT)

YES, I totally agree with Pankaj Kumar. If u cannot take care of security of Srilankan players in Chennai then please shift the matches to some other venue as it has happened in the past but since CSK is Owned by N Srinivasan and he is the president of BCCI he wont do it. If we (Mumbai Indians) reach Final also we Cannot win IPL 6 without our Fast bowler Malinga. This Controversy will benefit the CSK as they dont have Srilankan gr6 players.

Posted by soumyas on (March 29, 2013, 6:53 GMT)

@ Pankaj Kumar. the owner of CSK is the boss of BCCI, So they don't want to loose the cricket matches and also they don't like SL players. had the same issue happened with any other state, BCCI boss wud hav shifted all the matches out of that state to accommodate SL players.

Posted by GrindAR on (March 28, 2013, 19:24 GMT)

Afterall, it is not India-Srilanka Bilateral series or ICC approved event. Lets help subside this issue and sooner it will be a non-issue.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2013, 19:18 GMT)

He should rather announce to give up all his wealth to Srilankan players to boycott IPL.

Posted by RGee on (March 28, 2013, 19:14 GMT)

i agree with ranatunga...either, SL players should boycott IPL or boycott Chennai...

Posted by HLANGL on (March 28, 2013, 17:52 GMT)

@"Muthukumar Shanmugavel on (March 28, 2013, 10:54 GMT) ": "In the Five IPL so far, no srilankan players have given any worthy performance for their franchises, except Malinga. " Also except Sanath Jayasuriya in the very first IPL (2008) iif you can remember, where he became the tournament's second highest run getter with 500+ runs at 140+ strike rate. Yes, in all other IPLs, no any Sri Lankan player added any value to the money they were played except Malinga, and may be Dilshan to a lesser extent, well accepted. All Mahela, S'kara were utter failures more often than not.

Posted by xylo on (March 28, 2013, 16:54 GMT)

I think the answer to Ranatunga's question lies in his question - "If you are not welcome in one part of the country then why play in other venues just because of the money," Given how the home board has been very prompt in paying the players, I am sure that they would heed Ranatunga's advice and boycott the IPL.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2013, 11:08 GMT)

Solution is simple. Move all IPL matches from Chennai and ban any team that refuses to play with or against Srilankan players. I am an Indian first& then Tamilian!!

Posted by   on (March 28, 2013, 10:54 GMT)

In the Five IPL so far, no srilankan players have given any worthy performance for their franchises, except Malinga. Even with Malinga exceptional bowling, Mumbai Indians could not able to win any of the tournamaent. So why there is a huge cry about not allowing the SL players to play in chennai?

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