May 8, 2014
Muttiah Muralitharan, the former Sri Lankan off-spinner has said that the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 could be his last season at the cash rich league. Muralitharan had bid adieu to international cricket after Sri Lanka’s 2011 World Cup final defeat to India t the Wankhede Stadium. He had played his last Test in July 2010 against India at Galle, where he picked up his historic 800th Test wicket. Since his international retirement, Muralitharan has continued to play in various T20 leagues around the world.
Muralitharan was quoted by MiD-DAY, “Probably, this is my last IPL season. I decided to play these T20 leagues because I had nothing to do after I retired. I was getting bored.” Muralitharan has played only one match at the IPL 2014 so far and is biding his time on the bench for the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
After the 2011 World Cup, Muralitharan played for the now defunct Kochi Tuskers Kerala in the IPL 2011. In 2012, he was snapped by the Royal Challengers Bangalore and has been with them since, as they bid for him again at the 2014 auction. He has also featured for the Melbourne Renegades at the Big Bash League (BBL), Jamaica Tallawahs at the Carribean Premier League (CPL), Gloucestershire in England and Wellington in New Zealand.
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