SLC invites Murali for the presentation ceremony: Shane Warne to be absent
MUMBAI: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board has invited their former off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan for the prize distribution ceremony after completion of the 3rd and final Test against Australia. This was revealed by the president Thilanga Sumathipala.
Speaking exclusively over his mobile from Colombo, he said, “I have asked the secretary (Mohan de Silva) to invite Murali to give away prizes on the last day of the final Test match”.
The dead-rubber Test will be played at the Sinhalese Sports Ground (Colombo) between August 13 and 17.
“Murali is welcome to witness the entire Test or at least we want him to remain present on the last day of the match (August 17 or on the day, if the Test finishes early)”, he added.
The Test series between Sri Lanka and Australia is being played for Warne-Murali Trophy since last 10 years. The trophy features casts of the two bowlers’ right hands and match-used cricket balls bowled by them during their long cricketing careers.
Later, speaking exclusively again, the honorary secretary Mohan de Silva said, “the letter to Muralionday is being sent to-day (Monday)”.
“We don’t have a regular practice to invite former players to watch the matches. However, if the request comes from any player, we do provide him the complimentary pass /es. So far, we have not received any such request from Muralitharan”.
It will be interesting to see how the world’s highest Test wicket taker Murali would respond to the invitation.
The 44-year-old ex-spinner was in the news when he had undertaken the coaching role for the visiting Australian team before the commencement of the series.
“My husband remains very busy in his business (cane manufacturing) and has not gone to watch the matches since he retired from the Test cricket”, Murali’s Indian-wife, Madhi, had said to this reporter recently.
“Shane Warne, the other player on the trophy, is not coming for the final Test”, confirmed the secretary. “We have not received any such request either from Warne or from the Cricket Australia (CA) and we presume Warne would not be arriving”, he signed off.