Egg thrown on Murali, SL demands security

Updated: 04 February 2008 16:38 IST

Dust has barely settled over the Harbhajan Singh race row as another incident involving Muthaiah Muralitharan rocked the cricket world on Saturday.

Egg thrown on Murali, SL demands security
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New Delhi:

Dust has barely settled over the Harbhajan Singh race row as another incident involving Muthaiah Muralitharan rocked the cricket world on Saturday.

A Sri Lankan newspaper revealed that the spin whizard had eggs thrown at him while returning to the team hotel in Hobert on Thursday evening along with three others.

Cricket Sri Lanka has asked for security of the players to be beefed up and filed an official complaint with the police.

Shane Warne no longer holds the record for the highest number of Test wickets that was taken over by Muttiah Muralitharan in December, last year.

Well, it isn't difficult to guess then who the most unpopular Sri Lankan is among the Aussies?

Something that was further emphasised when a group of Australian fans attacked the spin whizard and his team mates, while they were coming back from a restaurant on Thursday night.

Shriyan Samararatne, Sri Lankan Team Manager said in a statement, "A group for four was walking from a restaurant to the team hotel and an egg was thrown at them from a car. I doubt whether they knew Murali but unfortunately he was there. We have expressed our disappointment to Cricket Australia."

The team is understandably in shock, but Murali though is no stranger to being targetted down under. Murali's trouble with Australians began as early as 1995, when he was no balled seven times by Darrell Hair in the first Test in Melbourne.

Ross Emerson called him for chucking in 1999 during a one-dayer in Adelaide versus England.

Then, in 2003, he was pelted with banana skins in Brisbane. Stung by chucking allegations from Australian Prime Minister John Howard, the spin whizard refused to tour Down Under in 2004.

However, the same year despite being reported for chucking by Match Refree Chris Broad, the ICC cleared Murali for a third time. That after tests at the bio-mechanics lab in Australia.

However, there was a thaw in the relations, with his spin twin Shane Warne coming out in support of the 2004 tsunami victims.

Thursday's incident though could well spell disaster for relations between the two cricketing nations, unless off course the ICC swings into damage control mode.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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