Politics will never curtail spirit of game: Kumar Sangakkara

Sangakkara believes that India is much more than Chennai and Tamil Nadu and also says the rest of India has been very welcoming to Sri Lankans.

updated: April 01, 2013 15:18 IST
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Hyderabad: Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Kumar Sangakkara feels keeping the Sri Lankan players out of the Chennai matches in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League is not going to "curtail" the spirit of the game.

Bowing to intense political pressure, the IPL governing council last week withdrew top Sri Lankan players from all the Chennai matches of the high-profile IPL after Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa refused to host them in view of the prevailing anti-Sinhalese sentiments in the state.

"Politics in this case has affected/restricted our presence, our belief to play in every part of India. But I don't think, sports and spirit of cricket is ever going to be curtailed by such prejudice," he said on the sidelines of an event in Hyderabad.

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