Our ties with BCCI sealed the issue: SLC
“We have to take into account our good relations with the BCCI and their assistance given to Sri Lanka at times of need in the past,” said Aluthgamage responding to why the players were allowed to proceed despite protests.
Aluthgamage also said that the players were free to play in States other than Tamil Nadu and the BCCI had provided written assurances of their safety. Ashley de Silva, the acting CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said that the cricketers have given letters of consent to play in the IPL.
“Players have given letters of consent to play in the IPL,” Ashley de Silva, the acting CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket said. They are Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Thilakaratne Dilshan, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Janith Perera, Jeewan Mendis, Ajantha Mendis, Thisara Perera and Sachitra Senanayake. Nuwan Kulasekera and Akila Dananjaya — the two Chennai Super Kings players — have failed to give letters of consent.