Chennai, Mar 30: Chennai Super Kings left-hander Michael Hussey has called it a "shame" the decision to not allow Sri Lankan players to play in Chennai games in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 6).
IPL Governing Council had decided to not allow Sri Lankan players in Chennai matches. The move came after Tamil Nadu government had written a letter to Indian Prime Minister saying that they will permit IPL games in Chennai if there were no Sri Lankans involved. The state government's refusal was due to anti-Sinhalese sentiments prevailing in Tamil Nadu.
When Australia's former batsman Hussey was asked for his reaction on the issue, he simply called it a "shame."
"It's a shame. The Sri Lankan players have nothing to do with what happened or not. The Sri Lankan players, like the others, just love playing the game. CSK itself will be without Nuwan Kulasekara, who I believe, is an extremely useful bowler in these conditions," Hussey told "The Hindu" newspaper on Saturday.
There are 13 Sri Lankan players in IPL 6. This year's IPL starts on April 3.