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Wednesday, 27 March 2013 - 18:21
Sri Lankan cricketers unwilling to let go of IPL
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The ministry of sports has decided to personally inquire regarding the Sri Lankan cricketers’ desire to play in the IPL prior to their participation.

Speaking to our news team sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage stated that the Indian government has agreed to provide special security to the Sri Lankan cricketers who are taking part in the IPL.

The Indian Premier League which is commencing on the 3rd of April will be held in 13 cities in India including Chennai in South India.

9 teams are taking part in this year’s edition of the IPL and 13 Sri Lankan players are taking part in the tournament.

Indian media reports that Chennai Super Kings is set to drop Sri Lankan recruits Nuwan Kulasekara and Akila Dhananjaya for the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League, starting on April 3rd.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha has written to the Indian prime minister seeking a restriction on Sri Lankan players from playing in the upcoming IPL matches in Chennai.

She has also asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India to prevent Sri Lankan staff and umpires to officiate matches to be played in the state.

The news came after the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam withdrew support to the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance coalition government last week over the Sri Lankan Tamils issue.

Meanwhile, an Indian Premier League team owned by the grand-nephew of party chief M Karunanidhi has two Sri Lankan players, including the captain.

When Kalanidhi Maran's Sun Group bought the Hyderabad team last year and christened it the Sunrisers Hyderabad, they retained ace Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara as skipper and paid a whopping 675 thousand dollars to acquire all-rounder Thisara Perera.

Now people in the city suggest Kalanidhi Maran sack the two Lankan players on his team.

 
DMK leader and actor Khushbu said she was "sure the Sun Group will take a call on this issue.

Meanwhile, former Sri Lankan skipper Arjuna Ranatunga stated that at a moment where two Sri Lankan players have been removed from the IPL the other players also should refuse to play in the IPL.

Meanwhile, Royal Challengers Bangalore's Muttiah Muralitharan is disappointed after the BCCI decided to keep Sri Lankan players away from the IPL matches in Chennai over anti-Lankan unrest in Tamil Nadu.

Speaking to Indian media Muralidaran said it’s a sad day for cricket.

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