Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to India Prasad Kariyawasam has expressed his concerns over Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's order to ban Sri Lankan cricketers from playing in the Indian Premier League matches in Tamil Nadu.
"The mixing of politics and sports is very unfortunate," Kariyawasam said on Tuesday in response to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's decision.
In a letter to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Chief Minister asked the Indian government to advise the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to prevail upon the IPL organizers not to allow any Sri Lankans including players, officials, umpires and support staff to take part in the tournament in Tamil Nadu.
"We are concerned about mixing of politics and sports: now that is something very unfortunate. It should not happen in our region," the envoy told a CNN-IBN news channel.
The High Commissioner expressed his concerns over the safety of the players as well as on Sri Lankan visitors to the Indian state.
"Our concern is with regard to Sri Lankans visiting India including sportspersons and their security. Our cricketers are precious and their security is most important," High Commissioner Kariyawasam said.
Sri Lanka Cricket said that it has advised the cricketers playing in India's Premier League (IPL) not to play in Tamil Nadu.
Eight IPL franchises have 13 Sri Lankans in their roster while Chennai Super Kings were scheduled to host 10 IPL matches in Chennai this season.