No friendly pitch for Murali in his final test

Published: Friday, July 16, 2010, 12:25 [IST]
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No tailor-made pitch for Murali

Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket(SLC) has planned a grand farewell for ace off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan who will be making his final Test appearance against India starting from Sunday, but will not prepare a tailor-made pitch to assist the spin wizard.

Muralitharan is just eight wickets away from reaching 800 wickets-mark and the SLC officials have said that the off-spinner can deliver his magical bowling in any given pitch according to PTI report.

As the first Test concludes, Muralitharan will retire as the highest wicket-taker in both Test and one-day format of the game.

The cricket authorities have reportedly invited all former Test skippers to witness the Test and have even formulated a special Muralitharan farewell committee to organize the show.

"We are planning to give him a good send-off and we will ensure that the event is memorable," SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said according to PTI reports.

SLC will organize a brief event before the commencement of the first Test and a grand felicitation at the end of the match.

Reports also suggested that the 38 year old bowler will be welcomed by the local bands from Galle District when he will enter the stadium on the first day.

Former chairmen and secretaries of the board have been invited to witness the farewell Test.


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