Sri Lankan players to stay away from Chennai matches in IPL 6

Sri Lankan players to stay away from Chennai matches in IPL 6

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 09:53
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Sri Lankan players to stay away from Chennai matches in IPL 6New Delhi: The governing council of the Indian Premier League has more or less decided to keep the Sri Lankan players out of Chennai in view of the opposition from Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.

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If the decision becomes official, players from the island-nation will skip the Chennai-leg of the IPL in view of the security concerns in Tamil Nadu over the atrocities carried out against ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka during the war against Tamil Tigers that ended in May 2009.

IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla, also the union minister of state for parliamentary affairs said on Tuesday that the local administration's advice cannot be ignored, but he said the IPL matches will not be shifted out of Chennai and they will be played as scheduled.

"All the matches scheduled to be held in Chennai will go on as scheduled. As far as Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is concerned, we have briefed them about the security measures taken by the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India)," Shukla was quoted as saying.

Reacting to Jayalalithaa's letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in which she has stated that the state government will permit IPL matches only if the organisers promise that no Sri Lankan player, umpire, official or support staff will participate, Shukla conceded that it would be difficult to overrule the local administration's concerns as it has to provide the "police bandobast" for the matches.

"Security and safety of the Sri Lankan players is paramount. But, we have to take care of the local sentiments and after discussing the matter with BCCI chief N. Srinivasan the SLC will be briefed on the security situation," he said.

The IPL chairman said the franchises will also be advised and asked to take a call accordingly.

"A new situation has risen and we have to strategise the whole thing. We have to consider the local sentiments, but, we also have to take care of the security of the Sri Lankan players. The BCCI and the SLC have the best of the relationship," he said.

Street protests have taken place in Tamil Nadu to denounce the Sri Lankan government for the killings of Tamil civilians in the war against the Tamil Tigers in the island country that ended May 2009.

Eight of the nine IPL franchises have 13 Sri Lankans in their roster. Chennai, home to Super Kings, is scheduled to host 10 IPL matches this season.

Ten Sri Lankan players, barring Chennai Super Kings Akila Dananjaya and Nuwan Kulasekara, will be missing just one match, away encounter in Chennai. Dananjaya and Kulasekara, however, will me missing around eight home matches of Super Kings.

Jeevan Mendis and Mahela Jayawardene will be playing for Delhi Daredevils, Sachithra Senanayake for Kolkata Knight Riders, Lasith Malinga for Mumbai Indians, Ajantha Mendis and Angelo Mathews for Pune Warriors, Kusal Janith Perera for Rajasthan Royals, Muttiah Muralitharan and Tillakaratne Dilshan for Royal Challengers and Kumar Sangakkara and Thisara Perera for Hyderanad Sunrisers.

Jayawardene will captain Daredevils while Sangakkara will lead Sunrisers.

IANS


First Published: Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 18:32

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Santhosh Z A - Chennai
One thing I would like to point out after today’s show about the absolute hypocrisy of political parties in terms of banning Sri Lankan players from IPL matches in Chennai. Correct me if I am wrong but aren’t the Maran brothers the owners of the Deccan Chargers right now? Then why is it that a company / family so entrenched in politics have a Sri Lankan as a captain? So when it comes to matters of profit, state policy and political stands do not hold sway for the very same people who create this ‘drama’? My question to Mr. MK is that before he makes these lengthy speeches and pulls support from the central government and behave like a school yard bully is to look into his own home and party and correct the blatant disregard to the burning issues that he is so vociferous of.
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MAK - Delhi
Mumbai do not need to see pakistani now Chennai do need to see Srilankan, tomorrow Gujarat will issue same for Bagladesh etc etc then after Bihar do not want Marathi to see, Assam do not want see Bihari players to see and will go on so....good work
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