Former captain Aravinda de Silva on Saturday chose to react diplomatically over Sri Lankan cricketers’ exclusion from the IPL matches in Chennai by stating that the players were grown up enough to take their own decisions in life.
“They’re all grown up enough to decide what they want to do in life. They understand the situation well and I think those guys decided to go,” de Silva said.
The IPL’s Governing Council has decided that the matches in Chennai will not feature any Sri Lankan cricketers or match officials, following growing political tensions, stemming from the anti-Sinhalese sentiments in the Indian southern city.
The 1996 World Cup-winning hero, however, said that sports should be kept away from politics.
“I think politics should be kept completely outside sport. Sport is something that bridges differences between various people. The best thing is to forget about politics and continue sport as sport,” de Silva said on the sidelines of the Red Bull Campus Cricket World Series Finals being played at the R Premadasa stadium.