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IPL gives in to Jaya, drops Lankans from Chennai matches

Bowing to intense political pressure, top Sri Lankan players were on Tuesday withdrawn from the Chennai matches of the IPL after Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa refused to host them in view of the prevailing anti-Sri Lanka sentiments in the state. Jayalalithaa wrote a letter to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh making it clear that IPL matches would be permitted in the state only if there were no Sri Lankan players, umpires, officials or support staff in these matches beginning 3 April.

A few hours later, the IPL Governing Council met to discuss the issue and decided that Sri Lankan players will not participate in IPL League matches in Chennai.

The Council will advise the nine IPL franchises accordingly, putting an end to the intense speculation regarding the fate of the Sri Lankan players.

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 3 April. Chennai, the home for Chennai Super Kings, will stage 10 matches in all, including two eliminators, and will continue to remain a venue. ‘The IPL Governing Council met this afternoon to discuss the issue. The security of all involved in the IPL, whether players, spectators or those working in the stadiums, is of paramount importance to the BCCI’, IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla said in a statement.
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