Muralitharan wants to continue playing T20s after ODI retirement
By Hilal Suhaib
Muttiah Muralitharan is carried off by teammates in a lap of honour in his final Test match. AFP PHOTO/ Lakruwan WANNIARACHCHI.
October 20, 2010 (Island Cricket): Muttiah Muralitharan said that he will continue playing Twenty20 cricket after the World Cup next year in an interview with The Courier-Mail yesterday. However, after his retirement from Test cricket, Muralitharan has also indicated that he would be retiring from all forms of international cricket after the World Cup.
"I have decided to play in the Australian tour and the World Cup, and after the World Cup I will retire totally from international cricket," Muralitharan told a gathering earlier this month while speaking at a function at the Velammal Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Chennai, India, where he was felicitated for his world record haul of 800 Test wickets.
But speaking to the Australian newspaper in a wide ranging interview, Muralitharan explained that he had hopes of playing Twenty20 cricket for "another two or three years".
"I have already retired from Test cricket and will retire from one-day cricket after the World Cup early next year. I want to continue playing Twenty20 cricket for another two or three years. After that I'm not sure what I want to do but I want to continue to be involved in charity foundations. I might do some social work in Sri Lanka. I certainly won't be going into politics," he said.
Muralitharan, 38, retired from the five day version of the game in July this year, picking up his 800th wicket in the final ball of his Test career. This tour of Australia will be the champion spinner's final tour there.