Ranatunga tells Lankan players to snub IPL after being barred to play in Chennai

Islamabad, Mar 28 : Former captain Arjuna Ranatunga has urged Sri Lankan players to reject the Indian Premier League (IPL) after they were barred from playing in Chennai following Tamil Nadu government's refusal to host them in their state.

Ranatunga also attacked South Indian politicians on Wednesday for mixing their political agendas with sports, which has forced the IPL Governing Council to withdraw Sri Lankan cricketers from the IPL 6 matches in Chennai, the Daily Times reports.

Ranatunga said sad day for cricket in general, adding he personally feels South Indian politicians are drying to make their vote base for the upcoming elections.

The left-handed batsman said he thinks they should not drag sports into their political agenda, adding it's unfortunate that one area in India has refused to entertain Sri Lanka cricketers for the IPL organised by a private company.

Ranatunga further hinted that Sri Lankan players should think twice before going to India to play the Twenty20 league.

The IPL Governing Council on Tuesday bowed to political pressure and withdrew Sri Lankan players from the matches in Chennai after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa refused to host them due to the anti-Sinhalese sentiments in the state, the paper said.

--ANI (Posted on 28-03-2013)

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