Muralitharan urges critics to believe test results

Published: Saturday, May 20, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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London:Prepared to do anything to prove that he is no cheat, Muttiah Muralitharan says it annoys him when those pointing fingers at the legality of his action refuse to accept scientific test results, which have time and again proved his innocence.

''The controversy never ends,'' the off-spinner told " The Independent'' here.

''It does frustrate and annoy me at times because people believe in science and technology for everything but when it comes to me they can't, or don't want to,'' Murali said.

The charismatic spinner wished there was some method which could conclusively clear his action but added that the issue no longer affects him as much as it did earlier.

''I have tried to do everything I can do to convince them but with some it is impossible. But the most important thing is that I am happy within myself,'' the controversial bowler said.

Despite giving numerous tests in the past, Murali said he has no qualms in being tested again if the need arises but asked his detractors to believe in the results as there was no other way to check the legality of his action.

''I will happily do all the tests people want to prove that I am not cheating. I have never been afraid of being tested because if I was doing something wrong then I should be stopped.'' ''The only way to judge me though is by using technology. The human eye cannot see exactly what is going on and we should believe what the technology tells us. I wish there was a way of accurately testing players in the middle but there isn't yet,'' Murali said.

Concerned about the situation in Sri Lanka, Murali said the recent events have been scary and have left him worried for the future of cricket in the country.

''What is happening in Sri Lanka at the moment is very scary,'' he admitted.

''In the last three or four years nothing has been happening and people have been able to move freely around the country. If things go wrong, cricket will suffer too because Test sides will stop playing in Sri Lanka, and that is a scary thought,'' he added.

Murali said the safety of the team's families back home was a distracting thought and hoped that the situation in the country would improve in future.

''It is something of a distraction, because if it is getting dangerous in Sri Lanka we worry about our families. We are all keeping an eye on what is happening there and following the news. It is OK at the moment, but it could easily get worse if things do not go the right way,'' he said.

Speaking of his Australian rival in the race to grab most number of Test wickets, Murali said conversations with Shane Warne have never gone beyond the customary hello but he held no grudge against the Aussie leg-spinner despite him being quite vocal in his criticism of his action and wicket taking abilities.

''He can have the record,'' said Murali adding, ''Warne is one of the greatest bowlers I have ever seen. We get on OK, but it is not a close friendship. We say hello to each other, but conversation never goes much further than that. I don't compete with him but he might feel the other way.''

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