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SLC won’t stop players from joining IPL, says Nishantha

Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said it will not stop its players from participating in the Indian Premier League after getting assurances from BCCI about their safety but made it clear that the SLC will not accept political interference.

‘I don't think Lankan players should boycott the IPL just because of political party and views. The game should be kept away from it. That is the SLC policy. BCCI has no reservations with regard to our players coming in. If they (BCCI) are supportive and want our players to come there, we will be happy to do so,’ Nishantha told an Indian news channel on Thursday.

‘As long as BCCI is supporting our cricket, we support them. It it is our duty to make sure that if BCCI wants our players, it is our responsibility to provide them the players. In terms of political interference and involvement, we will not accept it. We will keep the relationship with the board and take the game forward,’ he added.

Top Sri Lankan players were withdrawn from Chennai matches of IPL after Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa refused to host them due to the growing political tensions in the state resulting from the treatment of ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka.
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