With Sri Lankan players barred from playing Indian Premier League (IPL) matches in Chennai, Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Kumar Sangakkara said the spirit of sports is not going to be curtailed by such pettiness.

The Sri Lankan batsman admitted that politics over the issue has affected the Lankan players by restricting their presence.

"The build-up for the sixth edition of IPL has been very different and difficult for Sri Lankan players. But at the end of the day, the Sri Lankan players are here to play in the IPL. The sport transcends a lot of pettiness that we see today," he told reporters in Hyderabad on Monday.

Altogether, 13 Sri Lankan players are taking part in the sixth edition of the IPL starting April 3.

They were withdrawn from matches to be played in Chennai after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa refused to host them in view of the prevailing anti-Sinhalese sentiments in the state.