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Ranatunga critical of SLC nod to players

Colombo: Former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga on Thursday slammed the decision of the country’s cricket Board and government to allow its players to participate in the Indian Premier League as an endorsement of human rights abuse allegations against Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lankan cricket Board on Thursday decided to allow its cricketers to take part in the IPL, but directed them not to play in Chennai. Sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has said that no player would be allowed to proceed without the safety guarantees from the Indian government.

“What most people seem to ignore is that both Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi are wanting to stop Sri Lankans playing in Tamil Nadu because they accuse Sri Lanka of human rights violations. So playing in other (Indian) states while skipping Tamil Nadu is an endorsement of human rights allegations against our country,” he said.

“Players must be made aware of this as the world will say that Sri Lankan IPL players have unwittingly endorsed the human rights violation charges,” he said. He was also critical of the attitude of IPL organisers towards the issue. “They are willing to play in South India without the Sri Lankan players. This is nothing but an action to destroy the Sri Lankan players’ identity,” he said. (PTI)