Politics and money are not mixing well, especially when a man needs to survive (minority wise and money wise). I would not put it past Rajpakse to be twisting arms but it appears that Murali is himself quite the pragmatic money maker.
The city of Chennai, in many ways, has been a second home for Muttiah Muralitharan. Besides being a Tamil, the former Sri Lankan off-spinner is married to an Indian who belongs to the city….But with the Tamil Nadu government having declared the state capital a ‘no-Sri-Lankan-zone’, Muralitharan will in all likelihood be forced to give Chennai a miss during the sixth edition of IPL starting next month.
….former Sri Lankan cricketers such as Arjuna Ranatunga have asked the 13 Sri Lankan players, including Muralitharan, to boycott IPL-6 as a whole. But Muralitharan urged his compatriots to take a more pragmatic stand. “It’s disappointing for sure but we are entertainers after all and should not get involved with the politics.”
“I am a Tamil. But I’m a Sri Lankan first. And the ban means, I’m not wanted there either. I can assure you that there has been immense peace all around Sri Lanka since the war ended and the Tamils are living very happily here. They are treated equally well,” he said.
Even if that were true I wish he would not play such an active role in the GOSL propaganda machine. Since he is no longer playing for Sri Lanka he could emigrate to India and speak his mind (at the cost of backlash on relatives and family perhaps).