Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Tuesday requested Prime Minister Manmohan Singh against holding IPL matches involving Sri Lankan players, umpires and officials in the State.
“In such a hostile and tense environment, we apprehend that the participation of Sri Lankan players in the IPL tournament, with many games to be played in Chennai, will aggravate an already surcharged atmosphere and further offend the sentiments of the people,” the Chief Minister said in a letter addressed to the Prime Minister.
“The Government of Tamil Nadu is of the view that IPL matches involving Sri Lankan players, umpires and other officials should not be played in Tamil Nadu.
“The Government of Tamil Nadu will permit IPL matches to be held in Tamil Nadu, only if the organisers provide an undertaking that no Sri Lankan players, umpires, officials or support staff would participate in these matches,” the letter said.
The statement by the Tamil Nadu CM comes a day after BCCI president N Srinivasan said that India was a safe place for Sri Lankan cricketers playing in the IPL.
Altogether 13 Sri Lankan players, two of whom are captains of their respective teams, are taking part in the sixth edition of the league which will start from April 3.
Chennai, the home for Chennai Super Kings, will stage 10 matches in all, including two eliminators, and a top BCCI official said that it will continue to remain a venue.
“We are reviewing the situation after the latest development and we will take a call. But we will go ahead with the tournament and Chennai will continue to be a venue,” IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla said.
“We have to take two things into account. We have to take the local sentiments into account and at same time the safety and security of the Sri Lankan players are paramount,” he said.
“If the local administration has given something we have to listen to that as ultimately we need the help of the State authorities to hold the tournament like security arrangement. We can’t ignore the advice from the local administration,” he said.