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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Board has invited their former off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan for the prize distribution ceremony after the completion of the third and final Test against Australia.

This was revealed by the president Thilanga Sumathipala. Speaking exclusively over his mobile from Colombo, he said, “I have asked the secretary Mohan de Silva to invite Murali to give away the awards on the last day of the final Test match”. The dead-rubber Test will be played at the Sinhalese Sports Ground in Colombo from August 13 and 17. “Murali is welcome to witness the entire Test or at least we want him to remain present on the last day of the match on August 17 or on the day, if the Test finishes early”, he added.


The Test series between Sri Lanka and Australia is played for Warne-Murali Trophy since the last 10 years. The trophy features the two bowlers’ right hands and matchused cricket balls bowled by them during their long cricketing careers.

Later, speaking exclusively again, the secretary Mohan de Silva said, “the letter to Murali is being sent today (Monday)”.

“We don’t have a regular practice to invite former players to watch the matches.

However, if the request comes from any player, we do provide him the complimentary passes. So far, we have not received any such request from Muralitharan”.

It will be interesting to see how the world’s highest Test wicket taker Murali would respond to the invitation. The 44-year-old ex-spinner was in the news when he had undertaken the coaching role for the visiting Australian team before the commencement of the series. “My husband remains very busy in his business (Cane Manufacturing) and has not gone to watch the matches since he retired from Test cricket”, Murali’s Indian-wife, Madhi, said to this reporter recently.

“Shane Warne, the other player of the trophy, is not be coming for the final Test”, confirmed the secretary. “We have not received any such request either from Warne or from the Cricket Australia (CA) and we presume Warne would not be arriving”, he signed off. (Bipini Dani)

  Comments - 22

  • JD Wednesday, 10 August 2016 01:28 AM

    This shows the colors of Thilanga . Thuggery and revenge via DM Android App

    Ram Wednesday, 10 August 2016 02:34 AM

    You called him a Traitor and now invite him. Will the Traitor attend is a Million Dollar question

    Mevan Wednesday, 10 August 2016 03:18 AM

    Invite him for Nuwara Eliya horse races.

    Karu Wednesday, 10 August 2016 04:26 AM

    SLC knows its shame on them...Only reason now they go with Murali cuz of pressure from Politicians or even President level

    Topa Tuesday, 09 August 2016 12:06 PM

    Shouldn't you have invited him before the test series. Why would you invite now?

    Rom Tuesday, 09 August 2016 12:14 PM

    Just leave him alone ! SLC did not value him so he went else where! Simple, now mock him ?? You bunch of cheap .........

    Arsh Tuesday, 09 August 2016 12:16 PM

    I am a big fan of Murali and he is my all time favorite. This is funny; Warne-Murali Trophy is the name of the tournament and Murali is bowling coach for Warne's Australian team.Congratulations Sri Lanka in winning the Warne-Murali trophy, after a decade.

    De Silva Tuesday, 09 August 2016 12:24 PM

    Very good move. Let him face the embaresment for being a consultant to the other side for his own trophy.

    sanjeewa Tuesday, 09 August 2016 01:14 PM

    Politics!!!..........SLC chairman's childish acts!!!.....

    Coconut Republic Tuesday, 09 August 2016 01:30 PM

    He demonstrated true patriotism, by giving a top class googly to the Aussies. Hahaha

    Leo Tuesday, 09 August 2016 01:37 PM

    The embarresment is that non professional sportsmen put their two cents into matters they know nothing about. Murali is a professional cricketer of the highest calibre. Thus he is free to coach anyone who he wishes. SLC never wanted his services. Now Thilanga is trying a cheap trick. Only fools like him will fall for such. via DM Android App

    Sanju Tuesday, 09 August 2016 02:00 PM

    Put together the achievements of all these critics of Murali and you will still not get any where near the achievement of this single man, Murali, for his country.

    Prem Tuesday, 09 August 2016 02:14 PM

    He wouldnt have coached aus for them to loose.That means he wanted Srilanka to loose.$20000 is nothing for a businessman and wealthy person like him.

    mnsmart Tuesday, 09 August 2016 02:14 PM

    too late , instead you could have invited him to coach the local spinners

    Cricketer Tuesday, 09 August 2016 02:17 PM

    Will he accept the invitation The very country that condemned Murali as a chucker embraced him and his values The SLC President who condemned Murali as a betrayer now embraces him and his values as a real hero and a respected patriotic of mother Lanka Congratulations from the LION & KANGAROO via DM Android App

    Roman Tuesday, 09 August 2016 02:18 PM

    Shane Warne of course not so bothered about this trophy, check his official twitter account and you will see what he is upto!

    TONY Wednesday, 10 August 2016 09:43 AM

    LATEST PRANK BY SLC

    Bala Tuesday, 09 August 2016 04:12 PM

    Revengeful acts of SLC Chairman. ..........What a shame ?

    Wesley Tuesday, 09 August 2016 04:56 PM

    Dear Murali , Just refuse his invitation - He is trying to make you a joker ...

    Dissa Tuesday, 09 August 2016 05:23 PM

    But, your comments on Murali few weeks ago was not appreciated by the most Sri Lankans and it was an another negative effort from you. Mr. Thilanga, you better apologize him direct, drama not needed.

    TONY Wednesday, 10 August 2016 12:09 AM

    SLC PLAYING PANDU. THEY ARE RIDICULING HIM CAUSE AUSIES LOST THE SERIES. EARLIER THEY WERE BLAMING HIM WITH THE EXPECTATION OF LOOSING THE MATCHES

    TONY Wednesday, 10 August 2016 12:13 AM

    MURALI NEEDS NO INVITATION TO WATCH THE MATCHES. HE IS IN THE AUSIES SQUAD AND HE COMES IN WITH THEM


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