Muthiah Muralitharan to be hired by Sri Lanka, says Sports Minister

Former Sri Lankan off-spinner Muthiah Muralitharan’s services will be hired by the new Sidath Wettimuny-led interim committee of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board.

Mahela Jayawardene has already been named as as an advisor to the interim committee and Sports Minister, Navin Dissanayakeis, is keen to utilise the experience of Muralitharan, who will turn 44 on 17 April.

“Murali will come in,” said Dissanayakeis. “We are yet to decide on Murali’s term, but I believe Sidath Wettimuny (the interim committee chairman) is speaking to him next week.”

Muralitharan, captured 800 wickets in 133 Tests and 534 wickets in 350 ODIs, the highest by any player.

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All selectors resign

In the meantime, all selectors including chairman Sanath Jayasuriya, have resigned from their posts, the minister confirmed.

“They have to submit resignation in duplicate i.e. one copy to SLC and other to the sports ministry,” he said. “I have given complete freedom to the interim committee.

“The new selectors will be picked by the president of the SLC board and its committee.”

Bipin Dani

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6 thoughts on “Muthiah Muralitharan to be hired by Sri Lanka, says Sports Minister

  1. It is a welcome move to include Murali in the squad to revive Cricket in SL
    as he mastered the art of spin bowling and has parted with his knowledge
    in overseas, where he even taught the art to Australians. He is bilingual and can pick the talented boys from North and East. The missing link is Sanga and he should be roped in, if he is not representing the country
    this year. They have a big task ahead of them of organising a new test, one day and 20/20 teams and pick the talented players in rural areas, where the talent is not tested and SL should have at least 10 players in each department, Batting, bowling,(fast & spin) , wicket keeping and fielding so that we do not look up the skies when players get injured and encourage competition among the players to show their talent and tem selection should absolutely on merits, what ever the ethnicity the player belong to . They should have more tournaments like the Ranji Trophy in India, where inter state teams take part.

    • Thanks for your comment - very interesting!
      Are there a lot of youngsters waiting to fill the shoes of Sanga, Jayawardene, Murali, etc or are the world class stars of recent times a one-off? Be really interested to know who is being billed as the next big thing.

      • The job of the new squad will be to find new talent in the whole
        country and team selection should not be confined to only Colombo
        schools & clubs as they are gifted with coaches, turf wickets and of
        all, the funds, which the rural schools and teams do not have the opportunity to enjoy that privilege. They could find few Sangas, Mahelas and Muralies if search is extended to other parts of the country, where there is hidden talent as talent in cricket is not
        confined to only the elite.

  2. We should select independent officers with no vested interests other than Cricket. Give those officers instructions regarding managing the game cricket with no political interferences. Bring only experienced people to the management level. Good luck!

  3. This is a very good move.. I hope the SLC will remember Mr. Roy Dias.. He is one of the most experienced cricket coach/ administrator in the world. We have to utilise his expertise to develop sri lanka cricket.

    • Jude - Roy Dias was indeed a good cricketer, excelled in batting but
      unfortunately he has the passed the prime age , where he could be
      of some help to SL Cricket.

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