Muralitharan joins T20 Big Bash League

Jul 14, 2012, 08:07 IST | AFP

Leading Test wicket-taker Muttiah Muralitharan has signed for the Melbourne Renegades for next season's Australian Twenty20 Big Bash League, the team said yesterday.

The 40-year-old Sri Lankan spin maestro, who retired from international cricket after Sri Lanka lost the World Cup final to India last year, will be playing in the domestic Big Bash tournament for the first time. 

Muttiah Muralitharan

“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.

He said he looked forward to lining up against his old Australian “foe” Shane Warne who plays for the Melbourne Stars. “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. 

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