Muralitharan dismisses SLC’s accusation of high-handedness

Spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan, who is working as a spin consultant with the Australian team, today dismissed accusation of high-handedness levelled against him by Sri Lanka Cricket ahead of the test series beginning tomorrow.

Muralitharan also accused the SLC of disrespecting former cricketers.   -  Getty images

Spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan, who is working as a spin consultant with the Australian team, today dismissed accusation of high-handedness levelled against him by Sri Lanka Cricket ahead of the test series beginning tomorrow.

SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala had accused Muralitharan of forcibly entering the Pallekele Stadium, the venue of the first Test, for training with the Australians in defiance of the authorities.

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Muralitharan rejected this allegation while also dismissing suggestion that he had changed the nature of the track provided for the three day practice match at the P Sara Stadium to the advantage of the Australians.

“This is only a ten day stint that I have agreed with the Australians. If my own country asks for my service I will be happy to give my service,” Murali told reporters.

He said he was never seriously approached by Sri Lanka Cricket for a mentoring role ever since he retired in 2011. He faulted the Sri Lankan team management for ill-treating several other past cricketers.

“We know what happened to Marvan Atapattu, Chaminda Vaas, Chandika Hathrusinghe, Upul Chandana and Ruwan Kalpage. Their services were obtained and sacked after a while. They only want to employ foreign coaches and pay them in dollars,” Muralitharan said.

He was responding to comments by Sri Lanka Cricket Chairman Sumathipala who said he was saddened by Muralitharan’s decision to mentor the Australians against his own country

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