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Sri Lankan World Cup winning Captain Arjuna Ranatunga urged Sri Lankan Cricketers participating in the Indian Premier League to “keep their dignity and stay away” from the IPL.

Speaking to the ‘Daily Mirror’ Ranatunga said the players should not be treated in the manner that they have been.

“These are world class players and if the IPL have decided against them playing in one part of the country and degraded the cricketers I think they should not play anywhere else they should keep their dignity and stay at home. If they are not welcome in one part of the country why play in other parts” he said.
While stating that the decision by the governing council would set a bad precedent for the sport, Ranathunga reiterated that Lankan cricketers should have been treated with more respect.

“I don’t believe that sports and politics should ever get involved. This sets a bad precedent for the sport because tomorrow you will have some other part shouting against another country. They (IPL) have given into the gimmicks of Tamil Nadu politicians, and will have to watch for the repercussions” he said.

The vociferous Sri Lankan captain turned opposition parliamentarian said that the current developments are sad for the sport.

“The governing council and the franchisees have given into the gimmicks of the Tamil Nadu Politicians.  I don’t ever think that politics and sports should be mixed and this is a glaring example of it. The Tamil Nadu politicians only remember Sri Lanka when there is an impending election or when there is a resolution of this sort, if not our Sri Lankans living in the North and East are forgotten” he said.

He further said the decision should have been made to avoid using Chennai as a venue for the IPL.

“They could have played in all other venues instead of Chennai and that would have been the best decision that would have served all stakeholders. This should have been the decision that was taken instead of giving into threats. A decision such as this would have shown respect to our cricketers instead of the demeaning manner in which they have been treated” he added.(Hafeel Farisz)
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  • kondebendapucheena Thursday, 28 March 2013 01:27 AM

    100% agreed,Keep Country first before self

    Dilipa Thursday, 28 March 2013 01:43 AM

    well said Arjuna. But we all know SL cricketers have already sold there sole for mony...

    Askar Thursday, 28 March 2013 06:18 AM

    Hi
    Malinga what your are thinking now ?

    Mahehs Thursday, 28 March 2013 01:45 AM

    Well said Sir. Unfortunately money is important than dignity.

    SL Fan Thursday, 28 March 2013 12:00 AM

    Ranatunga is correct. country before self. via DM Android App

    Truth Hurts Thursday, 28 March 2013 01:52 AM

    National dignity or money ? We know what some of our players prefer!

    raj Thursday, 28 March 2013 10:55 AM

    he is always against IPL because during his time there is no IPL for him to earn a few bucks.

    Daham Rajasekara Thursday, 28 March 2013 12:00 AM

    This gentlemen speaks the truth.. Does money matters for these players. its a bad Situation over there trying to kneel down Sri Lanka.. our player should reject the offers if they love Sri Lanka.. via DM Android App

    God Father Thursday, 28 March 2013 06:32 AM

    What bull shit comment is this? pls dont mix politics with Sports dude.

    Yunus Thursday, 28 March 2013 11:12 AM

    The only great player of our mother lanka who stayed away from commercials as livelyhood. Arjuna we respect you as cricketer, but our cricketers who have signed with IPL franchise holders will do a somersault and get citizenship of Tamil Nadu for the sake of blood money.

    MagodisThuma Thursday, 28 March 2013 02:25 AM

    What Dignity sir...?...This is a financial matter !

    Jaramara Man Thursday, 28 March 2013 11:33 AM

    We never did mix sports with politics. Its the idiotic politicians in Tamil Nadu who are doing this.

    praveen Thursday, 28 March 2013 11:34 AM

    Agree with Arjuna. IPL is a business. They think cricketer is a profit center. IPL cricket or T20 cricket in that matter is worst form of cricket. At IPL you can see how players who tagged as gentlemen behave for the money. Players under stress as they've put them to sold, which in turn they have to prove to their masters. European football exchange lot of money than IPL, BUT when a player needs to play for his country, you'll ALWAYS see they leave the club and PLAY FOR THE COUNTRY!

    D Hair Thursday, 28 March 2013 02:33 AM

    Let our talented players make some money while they can. They earn money through sheer talent not like many billionaires here.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Thursday, 28 March 2013 02:33 AM

    Arjuna, as usual, does not mince his words when expressing his honest opinion. But times have changed from the days when Arjuna and his brigade played for the country and brought glory. Nowadays, it is just a question of getting sold to the highest bidder.

    Suq Madique Thursday, 28 March 2013 02:40 AM

    Time for the Govt to step in and ban the cricketers from going. Why do we always wait for the other side to do something to react. Be pro-active for once and take the initiative to safeguard our pride.

    ind Thursday, 28 March 2013 02:44 AM

    Exactly. But I don't think they will agree for that.

    Rajani Thursday, 28 March 2013 04:47 AM

    If Arjuna ready to give the money they will boycot the match. Money is before the country.

    mackie noohuthambi Thursday, 28 March 2013 02:48 AM

    100% per cent correct. While we negotiate freely, we will not negotiate freedom. What Jayalalitha thinks correct in her state, it is to keep her dignity. So should the Cricketers should keep their dignity.

    nihal Thursday, 28 March 2013 02:54 AM

    our people go behind money. they do not care about dignity. You know what happened during the contract signing period...

    silva Thursday, 28 March 2013 02:57 AM

    If you possible to talk this matter with your brother (Nishantha R) it would be benefits more than press statment

    weere Thursday, 28 March 2013 05:11 AM

    WELL SAID ARJUNA .ALL PLAYERS MUST BOYCOTT THE IPL

    Brave Heart Thursday, 28 March 2013 05:19 AM

    Totally agree with Arjuna! These are world class players whose dignity and respect iis at stake. One must achieve by its own actions. It shows the lower class mentality of south Indian Politicians what a shame!

    Donnyboy Thursday, 28 March 2013 10:15 AM

    It is unfair to let players to choose...they have no choice but to participate as they are contractually obligated to do so for IPL...If no show, that should be decided by the Sports Ministry and the Government which I believe gave the go signal…

    Rizaniya Ferin Thursday, 28 March 2013 12:00 AM

    we should go and play the IPL. if we didn't it will be a victory for Jaya Amma! via DM Android App

    Silly Point Thursday, 28 March 2013 10:25 AM

    Arjuna, we want you to take care of the SL Cricket Board.

    ananda Thursday, 28 March 2013 06:01 AM

    no we must play in other parts of india ,tamilnadu is not represent whole india ,all tamil people in tamilnadu also not agree with this mad politicitions ,

    Nish Thursday, 28 March 2013 06:07 AM

    Agree totally. The cricketers should stay away from IPL. Why go there at all?


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