Sri Lankan cricketers away from IPL matches in Chennai.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 - 8:04


The IPL Governing Council decided to keep Sri Lankan cricketers out of Chennai in view of the opposition from Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha.

This decision will make Sri Lankan cricketers skip the matches to be held in Chennai.

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.

However, Minister of Sports Mahindananda Aluth Gamage states that the participation of Sri Lankan players in the IPL would only be confirmed if India guarantees their safety.

Expressing his views to our news team Minister of sports Mahindananda Aluthgamage expressed the following views in this regard.


Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Cricket has received assurances that the BCCI will take all necessary steps to ensure that Sri Lankan players feel safe and action will be taken to ensure that the players' safety is paramount.