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Franchises fear Chennai no longer level playing field

Nagraj Gollapudi

March 27, 2013

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Chennai celebrate a wicket, Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2012, final, Chennai, May 27, 2012
Some franchises have questioned why matches were not moved out of Chennai due to the latest agitation. © Associated Press

The IPL governing council's decision to exclude Sri Lankan players from matches in Chennai has been met with some disappointment and concern by the other franchises. They are disappointed at being excluded from the decision-making process, and that the decision taken did not follow precedent. In addition, they are concerned over the possible consequence - that Chennai Super Kings may have an added advantage in their home games.

While Super Kings' Sri Lankan players are not crucial to their plans, several of their compatriots are vital members of their respective teams. Those teams will not be fielding their first XI when playing in Chennai - both in the league stage and in the knockout stage, in which two matches are scheduled to be staged in Chennai.

Officials of the eight other franchises were not willing to go on record and said they were unlikely to raise this formally within the IPL. However, they wonder why the precedent set in 2010 - when the matches were shifted out of Bangalore after the twin bomb blasts, and not a single game was held in Hyderabad because of the Telengana agitation - was not followed this time.

"Why did the IPL not call for a meeting with the franchises? They could have had a consensus by asking all the franchises, which they did during the Telengana crisis," one franchise official said. "It is a similar situation now, just as when Deccan Chargers games were moved out of Hyderabad due to the Telengana debate."

The Hyderabad situation was precipitated by a movement, that turned violent, in Andhra Pradesh for a separate Telengana state, the IPL initially decided to move all seven home games of Deccan Chargers, the then local franchise, out of the state. Eventually, the Chargers played two matches in Cuttack, a catchment area, two in Mumbai, and three in Nagpur.

Two months later, there were two low-intensity bomb blasts outside the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, minutes before a league match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians. The match went ahead after officials guaranteed safety, but the IPL moved the semi-finals out of Bangalore to Mumbai.

Citing those two incidents, the franchises are now asking why the IPL could not move the home games of Chennai Super Kings elsewhere. "To me the rule is, if you can't manage a team inside your state then move the game (outside)," a team official said.

However, IPL franchises don't always have a say in decision-making and a BCCI official contacted by ESPNcricinfo echoed that line. "It is not mandatory for the IPL authorities to consult the franchises," he said on condition of anonymity. "The franchises are taken into confidence more or less on every issue [but] we cannot speak in public about a particular issue."

The IPL's latest decision leaves Chennai Super Kings without two players - Nuwan Kulasekara and Akhila Dhananjaya - who, it can reasonably be said, would not have been regular starters. Kulasekara was bought by Super Kings in 2011 and has featured in six matches - including one match last season. Dhananjaya, 19, was bought at the player auction in February and was always likely to be on the bench given the team's strong overseas contingent - including Albie Morkel and Francois du Plessis (both South Africa), Dwayne Bravo (West Indies) and fast bowlers Ben Hilfenhaus and Dirk Nannes (both Australia).

In contrast, Sri Lankan players feature prominently on several of the other teams. Mahela Jayawardene captains Delhi Daredevils and is their key batsman; Kumar Sangakkara will captain Sunrisers Hyderabad and also keep wicket; Lasith Malinga is the strike bowler for Mumbai Indians; Angelo Matthews is the go-to allrounder for Pune Warriors; Tillakaratne Dilshan plays a triple role, as batsman, bowler, and a top fielder for Royal Challengers, and Muttiah Muralitharan is their lead spinner. All these teams will have to play Super Kings in Chennai without their first XI, while the home franchise could notionally field their strongest side.

Sri Lankan players are a significant part of franchises' planning because of their familiarity with conditions and their availability through the tournament. This year, too, various franchises recruited a few Lankan players to suit specific game-plans. Kolkata Knight Riders' sole buy at the auction was Sachithra Senanayake, a $625,000 alternative to the West Indiaes spinner Sunil Narine. Pune Warriors India bid aggressively to bag Mathews and Ajantha Mendis, who, in the absence of Michael Clarke, are likely to play an important role in the team's strategies. Thisara Perera, who once played for Super Kings, was bought by the Sunrisers, while Rajasthan Royals purchased wicket-keeper batsman Kusal Perera.

Now those teams will have to play Super Kings, twice winners of the IPL and of the Champions League Twenty20, at Chepauk with a tweaked game-plan and without their best side.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by hayagriva on (March 30, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

If Franchices feel that this is the reason for Advantage CSK, then they must surely be mistaken. CSK already has an advantage as it has the top scorer of IPL (Raina), one of the best finishers (Dhoni), leading run scorer of the current IND-AUS series (Murali Vijay), find bowler of the series (Jadeja).... and to add to this one of the leading wicket takers of the ILP (Morkel) and one of the best middle order batsmen who the Aussies desparately wanted to call back (Hussey)... what better Advantage does CSK need?

Posted by Mitesh_Bachate on (March 30, 2013, 11:59 GMT)

DD ,Hyderabad and Pune will be missing their captains when they play in Chennai.. How will it be fair when Chennai is led by their 1st Choice captian MSD and these teams will be lead by their 2nd Choice....

Posted by Cricketsince1985 on (March 30, 2013, 11:06 GMT)

We all should support the decision of IPL and tamil nadu government, Since its a very serious issue with very less information to the public. This made an awarness about the issue world wide.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2013, 9:41 GMT)

I'm from Sri Lanka,its disappointing to see situations like these handled in this manner, i mean what if it happened to the south africans?

would CSK not play morkel and du plesis on their home grounds? i dont think so, since its highly disadvantageous, they will surely move matches out of their state and play with best Xi.

i mean, indians responsible for these actions, and decisions should be ashamed of themselves. what they're doing is scraping the advantage of external entities for their own benefits, against other states and franchises of the same nation.

i dont think its that difficult for them to change venues, how many grounds with international standards does india own.

bottom line, for Sri Lankans,as i see it will make no contrasting difference, anyway our players are getting paid, but for the indian community, isn't it obvious that another state, just like all the other states,is using unfair advantages over other states?

what happened to sportsmanship?

Posted by moulics on (March 30, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

owners pride, neighbbours envy. This has nothing to do with Srinivasan. it is politics and there will always be some one who will be impacted y any decision.

Posted by SL_rockz on (March 30, 2013, 8:58 GMT)

Two knock out games are in chennai and i m sure one or 2 will feature chennai ...Then what will happen ???? FULL CHENNAI TEAM VS Teams who cannot feature their top 11 ....Is it fair ??? DD ,MI,Sun risers all have key SL players and if they become opponents to chennai in one eliminator it will be a huge disadvantage for their franchises .... It is really fair if games can be moved outside chennai so that eventhough fans cannot ride out to stadium and cannot see the match they could visualize a balanced cmpetitive match on their TV even...IN live or in TV if u are watching an unfair unbalanced match it is not worthy watching ....

Posted by   on (March 30, 2013, 8:31 GMT)

Yes, As Sirinivasan is the CSK owner and also the BCCI President he should balance the matter by not playing Dhoni in all Games against Mahela, Sanga and Mathews's teams in Chennai. He also should not play Ashwin for Chennai game against Mumbai as Malinga cannot play. Siriniwasan come on be fair man.

Posted by homezweethome on (March 30, 2013, 7:23 GMT)

From this decision, CSK gets to lose a lot..here is how...CSK totally play 8 matches in its ground without 2 of its SL players......But all other franchisees need to compromise for just 1 match when it comes to chennai without SL players....Hence this decision only leaves CSk in a tight spot than other Teams.....

Posted by   on (March 30, 2013, 6:30 GMT)

There is no wrong in the BCCI decision. Current situation is same as we banned Pak players from IPL seasons..

Posted by vijay2pvk on (March 29, 2013, 22:52 GMT)

Even though i m a csk fan i would like to say that csk never depends on a single player how other teams depend. On each game if some one fails then the other takes the team to victory. Csk, good luck n do ur best n enjoy playing for ipl 6.

Posted by   on (March 29, 2013, 20:08 GMT)

I think chennai people should not mix sport's into politics.... its a sport wht u all like.... if chennai gt several issue all match need 2 b puled from chennai....

Posted by   on (March 29, 2013, 19:27 GMT)

With no qualms against CSK (The most consistent team in IPL), one honest question, what is the role of other franchises in political uproar of Tamil Nadu.. MI without Malinga, DD without Mahela, and Sunrisers without Sanga is just not done!!! atleast shift the Eliminator nd Qualifier out of Chennai... BCCI, Are u Listening???

Posted by   on (March 29, 2013, 19:21 GMT)

no matterhow many players or who is playing ---> may 26th is CSK Vs ??? thats wat i can say....

Posted by gauravm5 on (March 29, 2013, 17:57 GMT)

if excluding a player weakens the team then on what basis the team can even think of winning the IPL crown.

Posted by   on (March 29, 2013, 16:44 GMT)

does a couple of players of any team of sooooo very importace that without them their franchies cant play even a single game. even with these players in the squad CSK had managed to play 4 finals then how come its a benefit to Csk....

Posted by mif007 on (March 29, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

N. Srinivasan is the owner of current IPL franchise team Chennai Super Kings. He was also the President of BCCI.. so how he can Move the Matches from Chennai...

Posted by Sathish_Kumar on (March 29, 2013, 7:11 GMT)

As a CSK Fan , Im really happy to see these many guys(CSK Bashers) are so frustrated because of the success of CSK . ha ha ha .It seems They already started to give reason for CSK reaching IPL semi finals for 6 th time in a row(which is going to happen for sure).Cry out as much as you can ..

Posted by armchair_critic on (March 29, 2013, 3:43 GMT)

In the interest of fairness lest CSK not play MS Dhoni in the matches to be played at Delhi,Pune & Hyderabad. Let them not play Ashwin in the matches at Bangalore,Kolkatta.Let them not play albie Morkel in the match at Mumbai

Posted by   on (March 29, 2013, 2:50 GMT)

so if they(sl players) r injured would any one complain on that injury losin 1 r 2 players doen mean its not a good team right thats in the squad u hav more than 4 forgein players

Posted by ritearmover on (March 29, 2013, 1:09 GMT)

The root of the problem is some politicians in Chennai and the one thing that hurts politicians the most is public opinion. Why not just move CSK's matches to a different venue and watch what happens to the public opinion.

Posted by peterss on (March 29, 2013, 0:55 GMT)

CSK would win away and not just at home. Even with the best squads for all teams, csk has easily been the best team of IPL so far!

Posted by   on (March 29, 2013, 0:43 GMT)

Oh please. In 5 years of IPL, Chennai has made the final 4 times, winning twice, & their worst result was a semi-final, all the while playing Sri Lankans. They've been without doubt the best team in IPL since its inception. It's not going to make any difference to CSK.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2013, 21:21 GMT)

For y4yoga : People are saying advantage CSK. Its not about one match issue for franchise.. it is about 8 match advantage for CSK. Let me ask if CSK is FORCED to play without Dhoni against DD or KKR or MI in away match? I hope you understand the meaning... sometime players alone doesn't win 15 matches.. 1 match by each player can give you 10 matches in tournament... when SF is decided on NRR then you cannot talk about 1 complete match also... Its not about winning match by SL player.. its about balancing team.. Sanga is keeper, Angelo is key all rounder, Jaya is Captain and Murali is lead spinner.. more importantly all SL players feels Chennai as home condition...

Posted by bigwonder on (March 28, 2013, 20:00 GMT)

This is another sad state of IPL. Why can't we have one IPL season without controversies? If Chennai is to uppity about SL players, move the game to Ahmedabad, they are ready to welcome IPL games. CSK is over rated.

Posted by GrindAR on (March 28, 2013, 19:08 GMT)

Folks why keep pulling on a temporary issue? We donno what will happen in a week from now. IPL is a longer affair than that. Hope for a neutral stance. Again, it is not a "Ban", just pullout, which I see as safety issue than political issue. Dont waste your and my time on this saltless issue.

Posted by Sakthiivel on (March 28, 2013, 18:38 GMT)

Even with their full squad other teams cant beat kings men at home.,Super kings should take neutral venue and show their strength to other teams!!

Posted by srinideva on (March 28, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

They will shift the playoff to other state if the odds are not working in their favor. so just leave it there. We don`t want our team to defeat 99% full strength team. we can beat them with their full strength..we won the IPL final in Mumbai on their own ground and we won in SA too. If DD and MI didn`t qualify for the playoff, there is no need to shift the games, since other player are not a big factor...

Posted by srinideva on (March 28, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

only two teams affected to this..one DD and MI. others are nothing but a ordinary players...

Posted by   on (March 28, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

Where was the level playing field when Mumbai Indians played 5 overseas players in Champions League 2011 and won it.. Cry Babies team can be allowed to 5 or 6 Overseas players instead and play CSK still you cant win CSK. But frankly I do feel sorry for SL guys as I believe Sports and Politics should not be clubbed.

Posted by Madan20 on (March 28, 2013, 17:19 GMT)

Let's not forget that CSK has an impeccable home record over the years anyway. They've reached the semis riding on their home wins more often than not.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2013, 17:19 GMT)

come on guys all team r losing SL players including CSK. y we need to think every team rely on SL players.If any team rely on particular player it is not best team

Posted by y4yoga on (March 28, 2013, 16:37 GMT)

Even I don't Find any" Advantage" When CSk being the only team qualified for semi finals in All the IPL, Two championship, two runner ups.... Then Where is the so called " ADVANTAGE" if any particular player plays or not plays in the opposition?. Do the other Teams believe that one srilankan player could win all matches?. That too they are gonna leave the particular player in one match only so remaining 15 matches? are they gonna loose? or they have only 4 foreign players? Every team has a bunch to replace a particular player. When dirk nanes came into the team, with Bravo, Albie, Faf du plessie , Raina, MSD , Ashwin , and Mike hussey available for all the matches precisely makes CSK the formidable Team in the IPL. The opponents knew it and hence they so call it as ADVANTAGE CSK

Posted by Amit_4_Sachin on (March 28, 2013, 16:17 GMT)

The reason os simple - N.Srinivasan. I believe the games should had been moved out of Chennai.

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

The Governing Council of IPL has always favored CSK and will continue to do so. Such a decision is totally unfair to the other sides. If a similar situation would have occurred in some other the decision would have been different.

Posted by srinideva on (March 28, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

Next year onwards CSK should not quote for any SL player..if they did they will lose their die hard fans...

Posted by ThyrSaadam on (March 28, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

This is not a true representation of what the IPL stands for. I am sure if Lalit Modi (not that I was a fan of him) was still in charge he would have shifted the games out of Chennai. This is a very disappointing decisions. What about the playoffs?8 other franchises bow for the demand of 1? Talk about being democratic...

Posted by typical_late_cut on (March 28, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

3 teams ( Delhi Daredevils, Sunrises Hydrabad & Pune warriors India ) will loose their captain for CSK games in Chennai. And then if they mange to get into eliminators, their teams will in trouble by. So shift the games elsewhere. Kochi is Ideal.

Posted by high-but-sober on (March 28, 2013, 15:27 GMT)

This is unfortunate for sum teams,but al the teams r allowed to buy multiple foreign players,so dey hve enough bench strength 2 play against CSK @ home. CSK can play wid a less strong team in Chennai in line wid the spirit of the game,but not required as teams can use their bench strength. This cud infact b a blessing in disguise.Wat if dey try out a new player and he happens to be grt form? MI - MI's 2nd game is wid CSK in Chennai.So if dey lose without Malinga dey have many more games to make up. CSK,RR and KK - SL players aren't crucial. PKIX don't hve ny SL players. SH (DMK owned)-Mostly dey won't use SL players throughout the tournament. PW,RCB & DD are the 1's that wud b affected,but nutin so bad that dey need a miracle to win. CSK hve been consistent all dese years, so ppl must not take nything away frm them if they win their matches @ home. I do wish the eliminator matches are moved out of Chennai.Media makes it seem like CSK has a major adv. but in truth not so much.

Posted by Thilakraju on (March 28, 2013, 14:56 GMT)

This is disadvantage for CSK, they going to miss 3 SL players for all games

Posted by   on (March 28, 2013, 11:10 GMT)

I read in ACB's official fb site, they mentioned that KKR bought 2 Afghan players (mohammad Shazad and nawroz mangal) + Mumbai bought Afghan caption mohammad nabi.. I think these players are talented and they deserved a place in IPL. Does anyone of u have any kind of info about this??

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

I am a neutral guy...and this decision is a bold and the best decison... how does this become unfair....What is this hoopla all about in the media...? Let me ask One particular question.....why is this article being so unfair..??..Why should the venue be changed at all...???? if changed doesnt that leave chennai with a dis advantage of not getting the home support.... which will be available to all other ranchisee home teams... This particular case of not having the home advantage is as bad as not able to play your best 11 as well.... hence when a situation comes as to just pure dis advantage for chennai alone.....how can that be agreeable by all other franchisees... The current decision is a bold and best decision as every franchisee including chennai gets to lose their lankan players...Now this is fair and neutral...

Posted by MAYURESHmagic on (March 28, 2013, 10:59 GMT)

Move the play-offs from Chennai. Its not fair to others having key players unable to help team to reach Finals or Top Four.

Posted by dineshyaz on (March 28, 2013, 10:58 GMT)

this is silly how can it will be advantage for csk .....apart from malinga other srilankans are not a great t20 players ...franchise have only 4 slot to choose so there is no problem ......i wonder wheather half of srilankan will get a game

Posted by   on (March 28, 2013, 10:48 GMT)

I can certainly understand when someone from outside the subcontinent state that sports and politics should not mix. However, in the subcontinent it is not uncommon for them both to be intertwined. After all, cricketing superstars of yesteryears were maharajas and nawabs. In recent years many cricketers have tried to use their popularity from the sport to score points in politics. Most with less success than a few. A few examples on top of my mind - Imran Khan (Pakistan), Arjuna Ranatunga (Sri Lanka) and Sidhu (India). On a totally different note, Hyderabad might not use any of the Lankan players in any match (not just in Chennai) given that it is owned by Karunanidhi's grandsons and the team deriving its name "sunrisers" from the "rising sun" electoral symbol of DMK (the major opposition party in Tamil Nadu).

Posted by Ibrahimirza on (March 28, 2013, 10:23 GMT)

Regardless of the exclusion/inclusion of players from any country... CSK is strong and will always be strong at home and away... these are just rubbish talks by all stating that CSK has a advantage... Like when they had all the players were they able to do anything or stop CSK from reaching minimum of a semi-finals... Please keep this nonsense aside and rethink ur strategies of how to stop CSK... Even if we dont reach anywhere this yr, we know we can bounce back unlike RR,DC and MI one time show.... we were, we are, we will be the best... Go CSK, Lets prey.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2013, 9:50 GMT)

I think BCCI should allow teams to field 5 overseas (no sri lankan) for the Chennai matches with CSK going with 4 overseas.

Posted by soumyas on (March 28, 2013, 9:45 GMT)

Australian players of CSK shudn't allowed to play by Remaining Franchises at their Home grounds to compensate unfair advantage of not playing SL players at chennai.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2013, 9:44 GMT)

I think the matches should have been moved out of chennai instead of banning the SL Players!!!! Imagine what wud a team be without malinga or jayawardene or sanga?? This shows stupid IPL politics favouring Chennai again as it has been done from the 1st season due to the involvement of the BCCI president......

Posted by   on (March 28, 2013, 9:41 GMT)

its actually unfair to csk. they have always done well.now, if they perform well in home games ,it will go down as playing against weaker oppositions augers no greatness. it might also make csk complacent .csk in chepauk was very strong in previous editions.

Posted by IndiaNeedsBowlers on (March 28, 2013, 9:33 GMT)

@Satish XI - None of the DC matches were played in Vizag in 2010. And if the TN Govt cannot provide security then the matches should be moved out. As simple as that. Like in 2009, matches were moved to SA - where was the home advantage then? As for home advantage, I don't think CSK would feel out of place in say Nagpur. They can ask the curators to give them the turning tracks they want.

Posted by mcji5sa2 on (March 28, 2013, 9:10 GMT)

IPL - No Pakistan players, no Sri Lankan players. Wonder who's next. Soon this will be a true 'Indian' Premier League.

Posted by pitch_curator on (March 28, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

Super handling by BCCI. The consistency they maintained in their handling of this issue when compared to a similar regional issue in Hyderabad a couple of years back is awesome. Also, so nice to see so many CSK fans suggesting that this is the BEST option.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2013, 8:52 GMT)

From an outside view there's way too much politics in Indian cricket. I'd like to see no Sri Lankan cricketers banned from any matches.

Posted by satish_XI on (March 28, 2013, 8:30 GMT)

The problem is, if we consider the case of moving the matches of Deccan chargers during telangana issue in the state, there was the possibility of playing the matches in Vizag which is still a part of the same state and could be called the HOME of Deccan chargers., but in the case of CSK, if the matches were to be moved, they have to be moved completely out of the state and should be played in front of Neutral crowd. This particular case of not having the home advantage is as bad as not able to play your best 11. Also considering that CSK 'would' prepare the wickets which assists the spinners the most, Dananjaya of CSK would as equally be missed as any other player from any other team. So the current solution is the best possible solution in this case.

Posted by kingcobra85 on (March 28, 2013, 8:22 GMT)

Only thing is to ban Srilankan players from all the matches in IPL so there will be no advantage to anyone

Posted by AnishSomani on (March 28, 2013, 8:13 GMT)

I disagree and say the matches should be held in Chennai.Some teams(including CSK) have some players on international/state duties.Does that mean the IPL has to be postponed?

Posted by   on (March 28, 2013, 8:12 GMT)

I dont think the decision is unfair. It only implies that due to an overwhelming political situation that can cause hurt , mentally of physically to a Sri Lankan, IPL has decided to stop Sri Lankans from coming to Chennai. It is only a preventive measure as far as i can see, as security is the main concern here. If the games are moved away from chennai we all know that this will be an added expense. All the players , staff need to be moved and the revenue may batter due to this. It is only logical!

Posted by   on (March 28, 2013, 8:08 GMT)

Even csk is not playing with kulasekra....this is also a setback for csk......he plays main role in srilanka team....

Posted by Vivek.Bhandari on (March 28, 2013, 7:54 GMT)

Did the Delhi Daredevils really procured Chandimal for KP as stated in this article? I remember you guys (ESPNCricinfo) declined this news on twitter. What's the real news here?

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (March 28, 2013, 7:47 GMT)

I think it is Dare Devils and MI who are affected to a certain extent because of Mahela and Malinga. Sanga, Dilshan and others have not done anything worthwhile in IPL so far. In fact, it is a blessing in disguise for some of them. You cannot say no to Sanga but now you can. He has actually been a dragger in IPL matches. Not playing Murali against CSK is no big deal because all of CSK players know exactly how to play him. In any case, the 4 overseas player rule ensures somebody else worthwhile will replace them. So the delta is just too small to really worry about.

Posted by DilipN on (March 28, 2013, 7:41 GMT)

I think the debate below about whether the players are important to their franchise or not is completely irrelevant.As a matter of principle,the other franchises must have the CHOICE on whether they want to play their Sri Lankan players or not,irrespective of whether they actually put them on the field if allowed to.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2013, 6:53 GMT)

Move all CSk matches out of chennai!

Posted by satishchandar on (March 28, 2013, 6:41 GMT)

Suddenly, it became like every SL player is a key in the team. Mahela was the biggest of them and Malinga is more decoded these days but still the best MI bowler by a long way.. Sanga to a bit.. As they project, Mathews and co are not that big loss.. Dilshan may be given his current form.. Yet, RCB got Gayle, Vettori, ABD and one pace bowler which is the best combination for them.. Might miss Murali but still, he was not the first choice player last season..

Posted by jinath on (March 28, 2013, 6:22 GMT)

@Mahesh Waran are you joking "hard for him to be in playing 11" ..LOL and talk about malinga's 2 overs ?

poor ...

Posted by   on (March 28, 2013, 6:21 GMT)

Why Pakistan players are not included and why Sl players are included..... Y other franchises did not want Pak players and y they want SL players

Posted by   on (March 28, 2013, 5:59 GMT)

u say malinga s important for MI against csk.. remember wat dhoni done to him in last year qualifier.. same as dilshan he s completely out of form and it vil be hard for him to be in playing 11.... and csk has the fortress in chennai.. they r the only team to have won more matches in an ipl in home ground.. whoever say tat venue should be changed.. better go and sleep well

Posted by rijulshah on (March 28, 2013, 5:25 GMT)

Dont forget Ajanta mendis , he is a key player for pune and even he cant play in chennai

Posted by Only_Vimal on (March 28, 2013, 4:38 GMT)

I think more than other franchises, CSK is the one which is most affected as they will not have services of two players for all home matches(Doesn't matter if kulasekara is not a key member, its about availability). I don't agree with the argument that the other teams are more affected as even in last IPL, not all these teams featured srilankan players in all their matches. While its certainly a disadvantage, its not that big a deal as its made out to be in this article. The logistics of shifting matches will be more complex. What I do believe is that the knockout games should be shifted out of Chennai as u want ur complete squad available for the key games.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2013, 4:31 GMT)

If you can't have Pakistani players in the IPL or Play with Pakistan then it's same with SL. I think it is right decision to send a strong message to centre and avoid more hurt

Posted by vishnu1503 on (March 28, 2013, 4:12 GMT)

As a CSK fan, I still feel that the decision taking by the IPL GC is not only unprecedented but is absolutely unethical and gives CSK the most unfair of advantages over visiting teams. If the political situation in TN does not allow SL players to participate then all CSK's matches must be moved out of TN. Here is an example of a franchisee gaining a competitive advantage by imposing political rules on a sport. The IPL GC's decision sets a wrong precedent & instead of the home team being disadvantaged due to political unrest in their region, the visiting teams are disadvantaged. The decision by the IPL GC should have been to either 1). Move all CSK matches out of TN to another state OR 2). Disqualify the CSK team from the tournament entirely until the political situation in TN eases. However there can be no hope of a fair decision being taken when the BCCI and the CSK team are run by the same person. Other IPL teams are entitled to stand up for their rights as paying franchisee's.

Posted by romySharma on (March 28, 2013, 4:09 GMT)

If SL players are away from IPL then that is loss of cricket. some franchises will surely suffer specially MI and Pune ..... Best bowler of IPL undoubtedly is MALINGA .

Posted by aries_d on (March 28, 2013, 4:06 GMT)

Iam not trying to support the BCCI decision here and here is what I think: The matches were moved out of Bangalore and Hyderabad because it was a security issue to every player and team. In this case, this is an issue with only the Sri Lankan Players. So why worry about changing the schedule and logistics. Of course teams can complain about not playing their best XI, but this is similar to players getting injured or playing for national teams. The best way to go forward is to forget about this and play the game with the best possible players.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2013, 3:46 GMT)

There r only two teams Mumbai Indians & Chennai Super Kings who have control over the bosses of BCCI & whatever they say is accepted.. Ex: When MI were playing in the Champions League rules were changed to facilitate 5 foreigners to play in the 11. & there r many more such instances...

Posted by ultimatewarrior on (March 28, 2013, 3:39 GMT)

Great Start by IPL in 2013! Another year Another controversy Another Article full of comments......It looks IPL is living with controversy in love and hate relationship.....Its is simply larger than life......

Posted by   on (March 28, 2013, 2:44 GMT)

In the ideal situation, which never obtains except in our minds, politics and sports should not mix. In the given situation these are some of the options: 1) Move all Chennai matches out of TN. Precedent- Deccan Chargers matches moved out due to similar political issues. 2) Move the knock out matches, scheduled for Chennai, out of TN. This is a MUST. 3) As suggested by SG_Styles, permit CSK just 3 foreign players for their home matches. 4) Permit other teams an extra foreign player for their Chennai matches.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2013, 1:36 GMT)

For people who are not familiar with the issue going on in Tamil Nadu, let me clarify. It is NOT just the political issue here.. The people of Tamil Nadu are very upset with the Sri Lankan govt's handling of the war. So, the people are supportive of the govt's decision to not allow SL players inside TamilNadu. That being said, I agree that it is unfair to other teams which bank heavily on the SriLankan players. An alternative could be that teams which have Mahela, Sanga and other top notch SL players can have the matches against CSK at a neutral venue or a venue closer to TN (like Hyd or Cochin).

Posted by JustAnotherCricketFan on (March 27, 2013, 22:55 GMT)

Haha, I actually thought CSK would be at a disadvantage because they wouldnt be able to play their SL players. For instance, Nuwan Kulasekera is definitely a very important part of the team if not a match winner.

Posted by YS_USA on (March 27, 2013, 22:49 GMT)

Everytime a team loses a game in Chennai, they will complain that they lost because they were not allowed to field the players of their choice. Matches will have to be moved to another location like Kochi.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2013, 22:43 GMT)

They shouldn't play any games in Chennai. It's not fair on any of the other franchises. Sunrisers will be without their captain when the play CSK, Mumbai will be without Malinga, DD will be without Jayawardene etc.

Posted by sportofpain on (March 27, 2013, 22:30 GMT)

People should calm down. This decision is a pragmatic one under the circumstances and causes the least disruption. The games can continue in Chennai - Chennai lose two players for the whole tournament while the other teams will lose their players just for two games. Not such a big deal. Come the playoffs you can make a case that if MI are playing CSK, a neutral venue be considered so that Malinga can play - that will limit the scope of the problem

Posted by Hardy1 on (March 27, 2013, 22:09 GMT)

To be fair to CSK it was a politician from Tamil Nadu that asked for Sri Lankan players not to be allowed to play in Chennai, not someone associated with the team, as far as I'm aware. I really don't like it though, & figure not only that the Sri Lankan players should be allowed to play in Chennai, but also that it's high time Pakistani players were brought back into the IPL, it just isn't on to exclude them from it.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2013, 21:58 GMT)

Well, from reading this article and from the comments of all the cricket fans around the world... I arrive at one conclusive answer... Chennai Super Kings are going to make it to the top 4 again... So, now the question is... which team will play Chennai Super Kings in the IPL final?

Posted by   on (March 27, 2013, 21:35 GMT)

If I was a srilankan player I will listen to Ranatunga and not to be part of the IPL at any game.

Posted by alexkrish on (March 27, 2013, 21:16 GMT)

Many here want matches out of Chennai. Think carefully what you guys are wishing for! If matches are moved out of Chennai, it would then mean SL has influenced BCCI to isolate the entire state of Tamil Nadu from the rest of India. I don't think this will happen. So, I think the current arrangement is the best alternative. Let us get on with the games. The worst could be banning all SL players from all matches.

Posted by alexkrish on (March 27, 2013, 20:47 GMT)

Tamil Nadu is a part of India. If SL players can't play in Tamil Nadu, how can they play in rest of India? The converse is lso true. One nation one policy please!

Posted by   on (March 27, 2013, 20:22 GMT)

:D LoL. To all those guys who says that SL players should boycott IPL, Do you think it will be a loss for IPL or for SL players? Defenitly IPL is not going to loose anything cos of SL players boycotting. You all can see that with other tournaments without Indian Players. Big Bash is a big success even without those star players from India. So I do not think that IPL will be affected without SL players. Sit back and Enjoy the cricket. If you guys are not intrested, then just leave it. Why make soo much fuss about this?? Even SL players are not worried about these prbs cos anyhow they get their payment on time :D .

Posted by Dashgar on (March 27, 2013, 20:04 GMT)

Teams should boycott playing in Chennai until the safety of all their players can be guaranteed. IPL teams need to stand by their players. They won't though because the welfare of players is about as far down on an IPL tram's priorities as its possible to be.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2013, 19:41 GMT)

Unfair to all other Franchise.... Kolkata though not going to suffer much... But it is not about 1 team or a person.... Matches should be moved at Vishakhapatnam or Kochi... who had earlier experience of helding an IPL match

Posted by SG_Styles on (March 27, 2013, 19:40 GMT)

Advantage CSK again!! I just hate these kind f stuffs.. franchises like MI, DD, SRH n PWI wil certainly b affected badly by dis.. Why dont they take d matches out f TN..? Why other teams' to suffer for? Mr. President (n CSK Owner) wont tk d games out f Chennai, n wil do woteva it takes to benefit his side... dirty politics in sport.!! I too like CSK team - players nt d administrators...,bt rules r rules...if previously matches hd moved, d same should b happen this time....no biasing..! (else i've 1 suggstn - CSK should b allowed only 3 instead f 4 overseas in d XI - to compensate d loss dat d other team is suffering..:P)

Posted by Devilkazuya on (March 27, 2013, 19:20 GMT)

It's not that big an issue that SL players can't play in Chennai, what if SL had an international tour, yes but the knockout matches must definitely be shifted out of Chennai as then it can be a serious concern for other franchises, i'm a Delhi Daredevils' supporter & if we don't get to play Jayawerdene in the knockout match then it can affect the result of the match, so better shift it somewhere else !!!

Posted by   on (March 27, 2013, 19:11 GMT)

I guess best solution is Move key games out of TN or second choise to make fair to other teams allow 2 less foriegn player for CSK for games in Chnnai.

Posted by pongu_tamizh on (March 27, 2013, 19:02 GMT)

Guys, if a franchise is not confident with their bench strength, then they should abandon the team and do some other business. BTW, this is IPL not SLPL

Posted by SudiptaS on (March 27, 2013, 19:00 GMT)

IMO, people (read: politicians) have issues with Sri Lankans playing in Chennai. So move the matches from Chennai to a Northern/eastern state. Problems solved. Why should other franchisees bear the brunt of Tamil politics? And to those who question why should Tamils witness no cricket due to their crooked politicians, well guys, you elected them. Having said that, I don't think the games will be moved. Mr Srinivasan will never allow that. There is one example of Conflict of Interests.

Posted by Scrop on (March 27, 2013, 18:56 GMT)

Already teams have started to get scared of CSK!!! Excuse for their loss against CSK in Chepauk!!

Seriously, are these Srl players irreplaceable ? I mean they are good players, not that CSK's opponents strength lies only on SRL players. Agreed the team composition changes slightly but what if there is a situation that the SRL player in opposite camp is hurt and cant take the field ?

Remember, with or without SRL players in the opponent camp, CSK has an exceptional home record in last 2 seasons!!

Posted by SudiptaS on (March 27, 2013, 18:54 GMT)

@vivas_r: in that case, we don't want IPL in Chennai

Posted by rajithwijepura on (March 27, 2013, 18:49 GMT)

What happen if SL players boycott this IPL. There are some issues rising in here. So Its 50-50 chance of our players involvement in this IPL.

Posted by SLMaster on (March 27, 2013, 18:47 GMT)

Why SLC allow SL youngsters to play IPL??? Except Sanga, Mahela, Dilshan, Murali, Malinga and some other veterans, other should not participate. SLC should have a rule stating that IPL participation is only after playing certain number of years and/or matches for SL. Otherwise their careers as well as SL cricket will be ruined. There will be huge consequences to SL cricket if not done.

Posted by nikhilr1010 on (March 27, 2013, 18:46 GMT)

What about eliminators why they cant be moved out of Chennai

Posted by   on (March 27, 2013, 18:45 GMT)

ipl is an INDIAN frnachise....ya it involves most of the international players...we love their involvment...but if some country has problems with our country,we dont want their involvment in any of our things...its a very brave step from ipl committee..we should all appraise it,and i dont think this article is apt...if other teams are facing crisis,its okay that they are advertising...but why target CSK..???last time i checked kkr won the last ipl without any sri lankan player against CSK....

Posted by ARad on (March 27, 2013, 18:38 GMT)

Murali and Dilshan were benched often by Royal Challangers last season. Murali will be a year older and unless Vettori cannot play, Murali will only keep the benches warm this year too. Mumbai, Delhi and Hyderabad could be affected by this more. Obviously, if the Sri Lankan government properly handles the matter re. the losses of civilian lives (as mentioned in the UN report,) the world as well as the IPL would be a much better place.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2013, 18:31 GMT)

This is unfair... I am a CSK Fan... But I feel this is unfair on all the other franchises... On the other hand, if the CSK Home is shifted to some other state ground, thats unfair on CSK as a team (as they lose their home advantage) and their fans who will now have to travel far to support their team. Chepauk is a popular ground and a favorite to explosive and legendary batsmen including Sachin and Gilchrist. Stupid politics!!!

Posted by InsideHedge on (March 27, 2013, 18:26 GMT)

Typical of the other franchises to whine, do they not see that they're adding fuel to a needless fire? It's pretty poor form that SL players can't play in Chennai, all Indian fans will agree, this story is now just going to linger.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2013, 18:22 GMT)

Moving games out of chennai is the best solution mr. N srinivasan..

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

I agree matches should have been moved out of Chennai. this is not good for cricket. This is so bullish to get scared from our own politicians !!! Chennai should not be hosting a single match.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

they need to shift two important games from chennai

Posted by RiyanV on (March 27, 2013, 18:11 GMT)

KKR bought 2 players- Sachithra Senanayake and Ryan McLaren. So Senanayake was not Kolkata Knight Riders' sole buy..

Posted by Nivas_r on (March 27, 2013, 18:10 GMT)

Move out..we do not want any srilankan player in TN

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