India's Tamil Nadu bans Sri Lanka IPL players
March 27 , 2013
The southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu has said it will not host Indian Premier League (IPL) games with Sri Lankan players in protest of Colombo's human rights record.
Chief Minister Jayalalitha made the announcement on Tuesday in a letter to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
A total of Sri Lankans are signed up to play in the nine-team Twenty20 tournament, which kicks off on April 3.
Ten IPL games are scheduled to take place in Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, as part of the tournament, which is now in its sixth season.
The announcement is in response to growing political tensions, stemming from the treatment of ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka. It also comes after the UN Human Rights Council last week passed a resolution that was critical of Sri Lanka's human rights record during a 26-year was that ended in 2009.
The Sri Lankan government has rejected allegations of abuses.