Sri Lanka Cricket awaits government's advice on IPL issue

By PTI | March 26, 2013

PhotoFaced with the looming threat over the safety of Sri Lankan players taking part in the upcoming IPL, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has sought the government’s advice on the matter.

SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said that they have sought advice from the external affairs ministry, and the players would be given suggestions depending on the ministry's instructions.

Several Sri Lankan players have signed up to play for different franchises in the sixth edition of the IPL. Opening bowler Nuwan Kulasekera and rookie off spinner Akila Dhananjaya are a part of the Chennai Super Kings side.

Sri Lankan citizens, including Buddhist monks, as well as Sri Lankan-linked establishments have come under attack in recent weeks in Chennai in lead up to the UN resolution on Sri Lanka.

Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa, who had previously also objected to Sri Lankan military personnel being trained in the state, opposes Sri Lankan sporting teams and individuals performing in the state.

Tamil Nadu, with a population of 65 million Tamils, have urged accountability from the Sri Lankan government for alleged atrocities perpetrated on the Tamil minority during the last stages of the military battle with the LTTE.

Sri Lanka has blamed Tamil Nadu's anti-Sri Lankan stance on politicking by both Jayalalithaa's AIADMK and the former chief minister Karunanidhi's DMK.

© Press Trust of India

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