Muralitharan ready to play for any team in IPL

Published: Friday, January 27, 2012, 14:31 [IST]
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Muralitharan ready to play in IPL

Madurai, Jan 26: Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan on Thursday said he is ready to give his best for any team that opts for him in the Indian Premier League auction to be held on February 4.

"I have to be chosen in the auction. I don't know what will happen in February. We will see. If I am chosen, I will play.

"I will play for any team with whole heart in the IPL," said Muralitharan who represented the now defunct Kochi Tuskers Kerala last season.

Recalling Sri Lanka's 1996 World Cup victory, Murali said the achievement had given the team a recognition that they were a good outfit.

"We got importance as a cricket team that year."

Asked about which cricketer he admires the most, Muralitharan said when he was a boy he used to admire the West Indian legend Vivian Richards and when he became a spin bowler, he marveled India's Anil Kumble.

Muralitharan, who took 800 Test wickets, denied reports that the Sri Lankan government had ordered a probe into the defeat of the national cricket team in last year's World Cup final, which India won.

"There is no probe. Nothing like that, it's all rumour," he said.

Muralitharan, who was here to inaugurate the Michael Phelps Swimming Pool at Velammal School, said providing sportsmen with the facilities, was a "great thing" as it would give them an opportunity to improve and fine tune skills.


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