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Lanka players get Board nod for IPL, but no to Chennai ties

March 27, 2013 20:10 IST

The Sri Lankan cricket Board has decided to allow its cricketers to participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL) but directed them not to play in Chennai.

On Tuesday, the governing council of the high-profile Twenty20 league had decided to withdraw Lanka players from the matches to be held in Chennai.

Mahela Jayawardene"Discussions were held with Minister of Sports regarding the release of Sri Lanka players for IPL 2013. Based on a note sent by Minister of External Affairs regarding the safety of players, it was decided that No Objection Certificates issued to the players be restricted to exclude their appearance at any venue in Tamil Nadu and also to obtain the players' personal opinion on their willingness to participate in the event," said a statement from Sri Lanka Cricket.

"At initial stages, SLC liaised with BCCI and obtained Safety Guarantees for their participation and conveyed their assurances to each individual player. If and when the players express their intention to play in the IPL 2013, they would be permitted to proceed with the restriction indicated on playing in the state of Tamil Nadu," the statement said.

Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage had said on Wednesday that no player would be allowed to proceed without the safety guarantees from the Indian government.

Thirteeen Sri Lankan players, including two captains of their respective teams, are in the squad of different franchises for the sixth edition of the IPL.

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