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Sunday, 31 March 2013 - 19:01
Indian government issues official stance regarding security of Sri Lankan players taking part in IPL
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Minister of Sports Mahindananda Aluthgamage states that the safety of Sri Lankan players participating in the IPL has been guaranteed in all regions of India accept Chennai.

Expressing his views to our news team Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage noted that the Indian Centre had provided this assurance to the government of Sri Lanka via the Ministry of External Affairs.

Accordingly players would be permitted to participate in the tournament based on their personnel preference.

According to reports, Dinesh Chandimal, Sri Lanka's T20 international skipper has rejected offers to play in the sixth edition of the IPL.

Chandimal was not among the 13 Sri Lankan players originally contracted to play in the IPL auction.

He is said to have rejected offers from Pune Warriors to fill in the void of the injured Australian captain Michael Clarke and from Delhi Daredevils to replace English batsman Kevin Pietersen, who is also injured.

His rejection came amidst controversy over the Sri Lanka players' participation in the Chennai matches of the IPL.

Former Indian captain and Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid has said that the issue about the participation of Sri Lankan players in Chennai is unfortunate.

In an interview with Times of India, Dravid said that the Indian Government and the BCCI are looking into the matter and they will handle the issue in the best possible way.

Against this backdrop United National Party Parliamentarian Lakshman Kiriella states that the government should intervene to ensure the safety of Sri Lankan cricketers taking part in the IPL.

Addressing a function held in Gurudeniya-Kandy today Kiriella noted that if the safety of Sri Lankan players was not confirmed, they should be precluded from taking part in the tournament.

Senior Indian Minister V Narayan Swami has stated that the government of India is on the constant lookout for the issues faced by Sri Lankan Tamils.

Expressing his views further Narayanswami had stated that it was the Indian Congress party which worked for the welfare of Sri Lankan Tamils.

He has also noted that Chief Minister of Tamilnadu Jayalalitha Jeyaram who had earlier called for a ban to be placed on the LTTE is now behaving in a manner forgetful of it.

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