Muralitharan to travel to Sydney

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

Muttiah Muralitharan will travel to Sydney next month to promote cricket during Sri Lanka's tour of Australia.

Colombo:
Record-breaking spin bowler Muttiah Muralitharan will travel to Sydney next month to promote cricket during Sri Lanka's tour of Australia, despite refusing to play in the Test series. Muralitharan was picked for the Sri Lanka squad but elected to not play in the two Tests at Darwin and Cairns citing personal reasons. Muralitharan boycotted the series shortly after Australian Prime Minister John Howard publicly criticised his bowling style, although the Sri Lankan did not mention the criticism when he announced he would stay home. The Daily News today quoted Muralitharan's manager, Kushil Gunasekara, saying the bowler would join his Australian wicket-taking rival Shane Warne in Sydney to sign 350 special photographs marking the tour. Both Muralitharan and Warne have surpassed the personal milestone of 500 Test wickets, although the Sri Lankan holds the world record with 527. "He has to go there before July 10 and sign a photograph projecting him and Warne as the spin twins of the 500-wicket club. It is a promotional thing which is normally done in Australia during a Test series," Gunasekara said. Muralitharan achieved the world record in 90 Tests. Warne who has played 20 Tests more trails him by 10 wickets. (AP)
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