Murali to play in New Zealand's domestic T20 competition

Muralitharan is currently representing IPL debutants Kochi Tuskers Kerala in the ongoing T20 league Getty Images

Wellington: May 13, 2011

Former Sri Lankan tweaker Muttiah Muralitharan, who is currently playing for Kochi Tuskers Kerala in the IPL, is all set to feature in New Zealand’s domestic Twenty20 cricket competition next season.

The veteran of 800 Test wickets, who was keen to take up the chance to play in New Zealand, will be seen in action for Wellington Firebirds. Confirming the deal with the former cricketer, Firebirds chief executive Gavin Larsen said that the move to rope in the off-spinner will benefit the side.

“It is a tremendous boost for Wellington to secure the services of one of the greatest international cricketers of all time. He is a superb cricketer and a great ambassador for the game. As well as being a huge asset for us he is also very keen to assist us in promoting the game a round Wellington,” Larsen told the New Zealand Herald.

The 39-year-old, who retired from international cricket after Sri Lanka lost to India in the recently concluded World Cup final, said that he is looking forward to be a part of the new outfit.

“I’ve always enjoyed my time in New Zealand and it is a fantastic country to tour and to play cricket in. I look forward to helping the Wellington Firebirds to success,” Muralitharan said in a statement.