Home > News >

IPL 2013: Unfortunate to mix sports with politics, says Sri Lanka envoy

IPL 2013: Unfortunate to mix sports with politics, says Sri Lanka envoy

Sri Lankan cricketers will not be a part of IPL matches played in Chennai © Getty Images

New Delhi: Mar 26, 2013

The mixing of politics and sports is “very unfortunate”, Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to India Prasad Kariyawasam said Tuesday.

His statement followed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa‘s letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking for the exclusion of Sri Lankan players from the Indian Premeir League (IPL) matches to be staged in Chennai.

“We are concerned about mixing of politics and sports: now that is something very unfortunate. It should not happen in our region. Our concern is with regard to Sri Lankans visiting India including sportspersons and their security. Our cricketers are precious and their security is most important,” Kariyawasam told news channel CNN-IBN.

The IPL Governing Council Tuesday evening decided to keep Sri Lanka cricketers out of Chennai in view of the opposition from Jayalalithaa. This decision will make Sri Lankan cricketers skip the matches to be held in Chennai 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.

Jayalalithaa wrote the letter following the increased political tension in the state over the treatment of Tamils in Sri Lanka. She has said in the letter that the state government will permit IPL matches only if the organisers promise that no Sri Lankan players, umpires, officials or support staff will participate.

Eight of the nine IPL franchises have 13 Sri Lankans in their roster while Chennai, home to Super Kings, were 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, the away encounter in Chennai. Dananjaya and Kulasekara, however, will miss around eight home matches of Super Kings.

Jeevan Mendis and Mahela Jayawardene are 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 Hyderabad Sunrisers.

Jayawardene will captain Delhi Daredevils while Sangakkara will lead Sunrisers Hyderabad.

World T20 League 2014

Sep 21, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

World T20 League 2014

Sep 21, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

World T20 League 2014

Sep 22, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Bengaluru

World T20 League 2014

Sep 23, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Raipur

World T20 League 2014

Sep 24, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

More

World T20 League 2014

Sep 20, 2014  at Mohali

Kings XI Punjab won by 4 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 20, 2014  at Mohali

Perth Scorchers won by 6 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 19, 2014  at Raipur

NK won by 33 runs (D/L method)

World T20 League 2014

Sep 18, 2014  at Mohali

Kings XI Punjab won by 5 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 17, 2014  at Hyderabad

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 3 wkts

Photos

KXIP vs Hobart Hurricanes, Match 2 CLT20 2014

Videos

Anderson plays golf with Jaguar competition winners

Kings XI Punjab vs Barbados Tridents, Match 5, CLT20 2014: David Miller helps KXIP register 4-wicket victory

Dolphins vs Perth Scorchers CLT20 2014 Match 4: Highlights

Don Bradman plays his final innings in England

Pananmal Punjabi: A nonagenarian Test opener

Chris Cairns cleaning bus shelters? Why?

Asian Games Asian Games 2014 Champions League T20 2014 Chennai Super Kings CLT20 CLT20 2014 CSK vs KKR Hobart Hurricanes India at Asian Games 2014 Kings XI Punjab Kolkata Knight Riders Northern Knights

Durham ‘Breese’ to final win over Warwickshire in county One-Day Cup

Shahid Afridi to quit other formats to focus on T20s

Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi says his team are not afraid of Mitchell Johnson

CLT20 2014: KXIP skipper George Bailey praises Akshar Patel

CLT20 2014: Glenn Maxwell thrilled with two close games at Mohali

CLT20 2014: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Lahore Lions (LL), Match 7: 5 Key battles

Before Mitchell Marsh, Surinder Amarnath had hit sixes off last two balls to win a match in England

Nip Pellew — one of the greatest fielders of all time

James Franklin: Barbados Tridents have youngsters who can win games

Kings XI Punjab vs Barbados Tridents, Match 5, CLT20 2014: Highlights

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

669 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes (HH) CLT20 2014

Wickedleak Wammy Desire 3 tablet with 7-inch display and Android KitKat launched for Rs 5,999

Here’s all you need to know about Sonam Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra’s secret battle!

From Coke Zero to Mahindra Scorpio, the changing face of Indian e-commerce

Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif sizzle on Bang Bang’s Telugu poster

Asian Games 2014: Indian men narrowly miss silver, settle for bronze in 10m air pistol

Same-sex couples less likely to report domestic violence due to fear

Aam Aadmi Party leader Mayank Gandhi booked for abetting sexual harassment

World Alzheimer’s Day 2014: Concerted efforts needed to protect rights of sufferers

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here