Sri Lanka's legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, who was worried about Britain's new visa regulations, has secured a work permit to play county cricket, his manager said today.
Kushil Gunasekera said the British authorities had expedited his visa as he had to leave for India on Wednesday to play in the Indian Premier League before heading off to join Gloucestershire in June.
"He wishes to thank the British authorities for quickly issuing him with a visa," Gunasekera told AFP.
The British gesture came after Muralitharan told reporters that he feared facing examinations and using computers to lodge his work permit application online.
A recent change in Britain's work visa rules requires those applying for work permits to prove their English language skills at an examination to secure a visa.
Asked if he was frightened of the computer or the exam, Muralitharan told reporters on Monday: "Both."
Muralitharan, who turns 39 this month, quit international cricket after Sri Lanka's defeat in the World Cup final against India on Saturday with a record 800 Test and 534 one-day wickets under his belt.
Despite his aversion to computers, Muralitharan runs several charities which fund IT training, maintains schools and donates supplies to thousands of underprivileged children. (AFP)
Comments - 8
Vijayabahu Wednesday, 06 April 2011 03:56 PM
British want skill persons but they dont know how to get them to UK...
Vasanthie Thursday, 07 April 2011 09:45 AM
Good Luck Murali. Keep away from any kind of politics as you have done in the past
Rakhitha Karunarathn Thursday, 07 April 2011 04:47 AM
Well! He did once in 1996
poor lankan Thursday, 07 April 2011 11:16 AM
you are the undisputed leader in the world of spinning.
good luck and all the best sir
Cobra Thursday, 07 April 2011 12:22 PM
Naturally. If the British treated him otherwise they wouldn't know a frog from a genuine ambassador! Good luck Murali.
Aslam FOUAD Thursday, 07 April 2011 06:57 AM
You make Sri Lankans Proved. You are a Legend; we are proved of you Big Brother. May God Bless you always.
consciousview Wednesday, 06 April 2011 03:19 PM
Murali, you've passed far bigger hurdles in life, this is nothing for you! well done! Wish you the best in everything you do! We will miss you always!
MagodisThuma M Wednesday, 06 April 2011 03:55 PM
But couldn't clear World Cup Hurdle !.
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