Ranatunga wants Lankan players to pull out of IPL

Ranatunga wants Lankan players to pull out of IPL

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 17:29
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Ranatunga wants Lankan players to pull out of IPLNew Delhi: Former captain Arjun Ranatunga today slammed IPL Governing Council`s decision to withdraw Sri Lankan cricketers from Chennai matches of the tournament and asked the players to opt out of the entire high-profile event beginning April 3.

"....As far as cricketers are concerned I think if they can`t play in South India (Chennai) they should play in other parts either. I personally feel if players are not welcomed in one part of India they should not be part of any IPL," Ranatunga said.

"The excuse that the South Indian politician gave was war crimes. And I Am sure the players should take that into consideration and think of the country and pull out from the entire Indian Premier League," he was quoted as saying.

Ranatunga termed the decision a political gimmick and said that the IPL Governing Council should have taken all the matches away from Chennai.

"I think what IPL should have done was pulled out all the matches from South India if they are so keen on Sri Lankan players’ participation. But, it`s all political gimmick," he said.
Yesterday, bowing to intense political pressure, the IPL Governing Council withdrew top Sri Lankan players from the Chennai matches of the high-profile IPL, after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa refused to host them in view of the prevailing anti-Sinhalese sentiments in the state.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 17:29

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gee - hyd
I dont understand.......why India should envy neighbouring countries? Cant it mind its work. Due to 2 major emeny countries only all the disorders are happening. Why again to create enemity with other surrounding countries without settling the things with already existing ones. When will my children will be free of these stupid things? I really dont understand.
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Ranatunga is absolutely correct, these regional political parties and their politics are a headache to our country. it seems people cannot leave their own life. these kind of dirty politics always disturbs the spirit of sports. where were these politicians when all this were happening? they just got an opportunity to play their regional game after US and UN raised these issues.
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