Sydney, Jul 13: Sri Lanka's legendary spinner, Muttaiah Muralitharan is all set to play for Melbourne Renegades for the next season's Big Bash League, Australian T20 league
The Sri Lankan spin wizard will be playing the Australian Big Bash League for the first time.
The 40 year old spinner who announced his retirement after Sri Lanka lost to India in the World Cup final, has revealed that he wanted to play in Australia.
"I wanted to play one season in Australia and the opportunity from the Melbourne Renegades was there so I took it with both hands," Muralitharan said in a team statement.
Playing against another spin maestro, Shane Warne who is playing for Melbourne Stars, Murali said he is looking forward to play against the great bowler.
"I think Shane is a great bowler and I've always admired him. I'll try to do well and he'll try to do well for his team," he said.
Though Murali took 92 wickets more than Shane Warne to finish at 800 wickets in Tests, the Sri Lankan legend was grounded as he said Shane Warne was a great player and has always admired the Australian great.
Murali's doosra, which is considered to be the most difficult delivery might be one of the highlights this summer especially on drop-in pitches at Melbourne's Etihad Stadium.
"Sometimes the drop-in pitches can assist the spinners so that might help me," he said.
"There's a big Sri Lankan community (in Melbourne) so hopefully they can come and watch."
The Australian Twenty20 Big Bash League includes eight teams and is scheduled to start on December 7 2012.