Muralitharan star attraction at Kuala Lumpur Cricket Association Awards
Muralitharan pays a surprise visit to Kuala Lumpur Cricket Association Awards inspire young cricketers in Kuala Lumpur.
December 08, 2010 (Island Cricket): Muttiah Muralitharan was the star attraction at the Kuala Lumpur Cricket Association’s annual prize-giving celebration held on Saturday, December 6.
Muralitharan made the night a memorable one for guests and more than a dozen aspiring cricketers, sharing a joke and offering advice to improve their game in Sid’s Restaurant, Bangsar South.
“It was a wonderful surprise,” said Devindran Ramanathan, Organising Chairman of the KAF International Youth Cricket Carnival and Honorary Secretary of KLCA. “Murali called me on Saturday morning to say 'hi' and we invited him to the prize-giving to surprise the youngsters and guest. The look on the kids’ faces when he walked in was amazing!”
Muralitharan, 38, has taken more Test wickets than any other cricketer, registering his 800th and final wicket with the last ball of his last Test match on July 22 this year. He also holds the record for most One Day International wickets – 515.
As Sri Lanka’s favourite son, Murali was very recently generously gifted 50 acres of land for the 'North Development Project' by the Sri Lankan President, Mahinda Rajapaksa. Murali’s involvement in this project is key to its success and as a proud Tamil and even prouder Sri Lankan, he provides the basis for reconciliation between those affected by years of war.
Muralitharan was joined at the prize-giving by Bandula Warnapura, Development Manager of the Asian Cricket Council, based in Kuala Lumpur. Warnapura was Sri Lanka’s first ever Test Captain. To have such revered champions on hand could only have inspired the young cricketers in Kuala Lumpur.
According to KLCA President Suresh Menon, “The prize-giving celebrated the end of another successful season for Kuala Lumpur Cricket Association’s Under-15 (Junior) and Premier League (Senior) sides. As the year draws to a close, we wanted to celebrate our achievements in 2010”.
The night also served as an opportunity to wish the youth cricket team well before they fly out to Sri Lanka on a forthcoming tour.