The Sri Lankan batsman admitted that politics over the issue has affected the Lankan players by restricting their presence. “The build-up for the sixth edition of IPL has been very different and difficult for Sri Lankan players. 

But at the end of the day, the Sri Lankan players are here to play in the IPL. The sport transcends a lot of pettiness that we see today,” he told reporters here yesterday.

“We were ready to play in every part of India but I don’t think the spirit of sports is ever going to be curtailed by such pettiness. The cricket board has made absolutely clear that no Sri Lankan player will be in Chennai. But India is much more than Chennai and Tamil Nadu,” Sangakkara said.