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IPL 2013

April 2, 2013

Has the IPL handled the Sri Lankan player issue fairly?


The political issue is out of Super Kings' control and taking matches away from Chennai would be disadvantaging them greatly and also depriving the IPL of some of its most fervent fans. Because each franchise has only one or two Sri Lankan players out of a contingent of 11 overseas players, they should take the inconvenience in their stride for the greater good of the tournament.


By sticking with the schedule and not allowing Sri Lankan players to play in Chennai, the IPL has potentially given Super Kings a huge advantage. CSK's Sri Lankan imports are fringe players unlikely to get a game, while the visiting teams will have to do without key players such as Malinga, Jayawardene, Sangakkara, Mendis, Mathews, Dilshan, Murali etc. Effectively CSK will be playing weakened teams in eight matches and have the home advantage.


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April 8, 2013, 9:25 GMT

Saravana Balaji

Is there a realistically better way to handle this issue.


The state is not in violence. While the decision have supported some team whose owner also happens to be heading BCCI. To be true to one selves I still believe this is the better possible solution at this juncture.

April 10, 2013, 7:11 GMT


I would tell, perhaps Banning SL players from playing in Chennai would send a message like banning SA for Apartheid reasons!! But, IPL committee should have brought out a balance by analyzing impact players and compensating by having CSK play only 3 Foreign Players against some teams. That would have been a fair, wise and prudent decision.

April 9, 2013, 18:09 GMT


Politics and sports cannot be mixed.. SL players are no way responsible for what.political leadership in their country resorted to.. So why take it on them.. ? Completely unwise .. IPL should resist from resorting to such petty tokenism in future at least.. And to be fair SL produces finest cricket talent.. Lets not forget that..

April 9, 2013, 7:03 GMT


YES .the games should have been moved out of chennai.

April 7, 2013, 7:51 GMT


I think the Indian Tamils are Indians first and Tamils later. While Indian Tamils should express solidarity with SL Tamils, banning SL Tamils from playing in Chennai is definitely not the right way. This will in no way pressurize any of the concerned parties - SL govt, Indian govt or UN to do things differently. So what is the point? Did the TN govt ban telecast of IPL matches on TV/internet? - No. Then banning them on stadium does not make any sense as TV viewership is much higher than in-stadium viewership.

This decision of IPL gives CSK an unfair advantage as they will not miss SL players in their playing XI while their opponents will. Also, if the state government thinks that the majority of population in the state have emotional feelings against SL government, the tournment should have moved out of the state. Its a pity that IPL management took this deision just to make CSK a stronger team.

April 6, 2013, 16:38 GMT


Sports should not be affected with the politics between countries, so the games of CSK should be moved to some other stadium so that people can see SL players in action for the matches they deserve to be a part of.....

April 4, 2013, 11:37 GMT


Every team have good number of overseas player... it is something primarily wrong with the team if they are over dependant on few players...

It is very unfortunate that politics was mixed up with Cricket...but shifting the game out of Chennai at the last minute would have also disappointed the true cricket fans who had booked those tickets in advance!

April 4, 2013, 11:16 GMT


cricket should not b distroyed by politics. and indian govt should not disrespect great srilankan players, BCCI and indian govt should not have double standerds for the game

April 3, 2013, 16:36 GMT


Sports and politics???same reason indian olympics federation got in trouble....i hope indian politicians will learn some day :(

April 3, 2013, 16:29 GMT


Definitely not. Why penalize teams like Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi who have top SL players because of a political issue. I feel, if Chennai was owned by anyone other than Srinivasan the games would have been moved. Chennai is definitely the best team over the course of 5 IPL's but one cannot deny that they do get an unfair advantage