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Muralitharan opts out of IPL 2015 and BBL

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Published: Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 13:07 [IST]
 
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Melbourne, Oct 8: Sri Lankan spin legend Muttaiah Muralitharan will not be playing in Australia's Big Bash League (BBL) Twenty20 this year and also the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2015 as he wants to focus on his coaching commitments.

According to BBL tournament's official website, the 42-year-old Muralitharan was quoted as saying that he will concentrate on coaching. He is currently with the Australian team as a spin coach.

Muralitharan not to play IPL 2015, BBL

"I signed for three years with the Kolkata (Bengal) state team and I'm doing about 30 days of work in a year," Muralitharan said.

"I was supposed to play in the Caribbean league. I gave it up. I told the Big Bash League I'm not coming and also the IPL - I've advised them I'm not going to be available.

"My future plans are just to help spinners all around the world. That's the role I'm going to play," he added.

Muralitharan played past two seasons for Melbourne Renegades in BBL and took 19 wickets in 16 matches.

Earlier this year, Muralitharan was bought by IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for Rs 1 crore. He played five matches this year for the Bangalore team.

Muralitharan has previously played for IPL teams Chennai Super Kings and the now defunct Kochi Tuskers Kerala. He retired from Test cricket with a record 800 wickets.

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