Keeping in view the security lapses during last year's India-Sri Lanka match and incidents of Tamil Tiger racists attacking Lankan cricket lovers in London, the city's Commissionerate Police on Friday assured a foolproof safety plan for players and spectators.
Sri Lanka Cricket secretary, Nishantha Ranatunga, today said it will not stop its players from participating in the Indian Premier League after getting assurances from the BCCI about their safety but made it clear that the SLC will not accept political interference.
With Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha writing to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking for Sri Lankan players and officials to be excluded from Indian Premier League (IPL) matches to be staged in Chennai, the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) has offered to host these matches at Kochi.
Keeping in mind the ongoing turmoil in Tamil Naidu, the Sri Lankan players could remain away from the matches scheduled to be played at Chennai the in sixth edition of the Indian Premier League, as per reports.
Former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga says a lot of his country`s cricketers are putting money ahead of nation and should take inspiration from Australian skipper Michael Clarke, who has shunned lucrative Twenty20 events such as the IPL to focus on Tests.