Muralitharan plans to quit after 2011 World Cup

Published: Friday, February 6, 2009, 15:10 [IST]
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Muralitharan plans World Cup exit

Colombo: Sri Lanka's record-breaking spinner Muttiah Muralitharan plans to play through the 2011 World Cup before he finally retires.

"Playing cricket is the only thing I know to do. I thought the body is right, mentally I was fit and everything was coming right for me so I want to play as much as I can," Murali said.

"I am thinking about playing till the next World Cup in 2011. I have nothing more to achieve after that. The World Cup will mark the end of my career," he was quoted as saying by the 'cricinfo' today.

India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are set to co-host the 2011 World Cup.

The 36-year-old Muralitharan, who surpassed Wasim Akram's ODI scalp of 502 during the fourth match against India yesterday, says it felt great to be on top in both Tests as well as one-dayers.

"It's a great achievement because the only other person who has achieved such a feat in cricket (currently) is Sachin Tendulkar, who holds both batting records," Muralitharan said.

"Playing for Sri Lanka and achieving this feat is great for me and the country. Everyone wants to play in both forms of the game, holding the records in both forms mean that I have done really well playing for a long period of 18 years," he added.

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