By Staff Writers | March 10, 2014
Muttiah Muralitharan expects Asian teams to feel at home in Bangladeshi conditions. © AFP
According to Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan, spin bowling will play a crucial role in the ICC World Twenty20 tournament starting in Bangladesh later this month.
Teams with good spinners and batsmen with the ability to play spin competently hold the edge over others, the highest Test and ODI wicket-taker told the website GiveMeSport recently.
"I think whoever plays spin well and bowls with spin will win the tournament because those wickets are very, very low and slow," Muralitharan said of the conditions in the host nation Bangladesh.
The champion spinner, who regularly features in T20 tournaments around the world after his retirement from international cricket, said the West Indies has what it takes to defend their title and the teams from the sub-continent would be at home in the spin-friendly conditions.
"It’s not going to be a fast [and] furious wicket, it will just be slow and spinning. The sub-continent teams are used to those kind of conditions, plus the West Indies have got the spin attack [and] they can play spin well."
The ICC World Twenty20 gets underway in Mirpur with Bangladesh taking on Afghanistan in a group-stage qualifier on March 16.
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