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Muttiah Muralidaran - once an outcast spurned by Australian cricket fans - will sign on as a guest spin coach to help mould the country's next generation of young spinners into champions.

In a stunning coup for Australian cricket, Sri Lanka's controversial spin genius will spend several weeks at the Brisbane-based Centre of Excellence in June for intensive training with rising Australian spinners, according to a report in the Australian newspaper Daily Telegraph.

Test cricket's greatest wicket-taker will not only impart the secrets of his spin wizardry but also record a spin coaching tutorial so his extraordinary knowhow will be passed on to future generations of Australian spinners.

It is a sign of how far the wheel has turned that Murali - who has been repeatedly heckled, taunted and even had fruit thrown at him by unruly fans here since being no-balled by Darrell Hair in the 1995 Boxing Day Test - will become Australia's potential spin saviour. Australian great Greg Chappell, one-time Indian coach and Australia's only full-time selector, masterminded Murali's visit by using his extensive network of contacts in the subcontinent.

"This is a wonderful opportunity ... Murali has probably forgotten more about spin bowling than most people will ever know in a lifetime," Chappell told The Daily Telegraph yesterday.

"Murali is one of the greatest spin bowlers of all time, we are very, very lucky.

"It is not just Murali's obvious physical skill that will be a huge benefit for our young spinners.

"It is also his mental toughness, his cleverness, his cunning and his ability to be able to set a batsman up and bowl 10-15 overs to a plan."

The Murali news is a shot in the arm for Australian cricket at a time when it conducts a major review into a devastating Ashes loss and tries to plot a fresh course into the future.

The nation's depleted spin stocks are one of the most pressing issues with 10 frontline spinners deployed at Test level since Shane Warne walked off into the sunset at the end of the 2006-07 home Ashes series.

Xavier Doherty and Michael Beer were both plucked from obscurity to wear baggy green caps this summer after Nathan Hauritz was sacked before the first Ashes Test.

Australian spinners have long struggled to unlock the secrets of the doosra and Murali was the man who made this mysterious delivery his own - even though the bona fides of his action were often questioned.

Murali's visit will also be invaluable for Australia's batsmen as his action will be recorded live and downloaded on the Academy's pro-batter video machine so batsmen can face a "virtual Murali" on the video-wall machine which mimics any bowler in the world.

Warne and former Pakistani off-spinner Saqlain Mustaq both had brief guest stints at the Centre of Excellence but Murali's visit - not long after he farewells international cricket at the 50-over World Cup starting this month - is positive news that Australian cricket desperately needs.

Chappell said Murali's coaching role would be confirmed once details were finalised in the next few weeks.

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  • I Hussein Tuesday, 08 February 2011 08:06 AM

    He better coach his alma mater SACK or youngsters in clubs without charging any fee. He had made enough.

    vanlose Tuesday, 08 February 2011 08:02 AM

    Good on ya Murali!
    The critics are desperate to have your expertise now.
    sweet revenge!

    g Tuesday, 08 February 2011 03:20 AM

    I think this is silly. While its a proud moment for Murali to have the very people who tried to destroy him ask his help, I think its the doosra they are after... otherwise why not their beloved Warney?

    Capt. Godfrey Weeras Tuesday, 08 February 2011 03:28 AM

    Murali, Take Jaya, the master blaster too. The fine lad needs some time down under! You did well during your hey days!

    Sri Lankan Tuesday, 08 February 2011 03:24 AM

    Not only Mr. B S Bedi, many Aussies including the PM of Aussie land during past era!

    This shows how they plan for the country and the sport grab he oppertunity at he first place when it is available for future
    . We SL still in the dream world of making pitches for 2011 cup.

    easywara Tuesday, 08 February 2011 03:31 AM

    take it easy.....

    Ranjith Rajasooriya Tuesday, 08 February 2011 03:32 AM

    Please Mura, charity begins at home.If for a fee then it has to begin elsewhere.

    Noah Tuesday, 08 February 2011 03:38 AM

    good guess

    Shan Tuesday, 08 February 2011 03:43 AM

    Murali can coach Darrel Hair's Cricket academy too if he has any....

    Senake Tuesday, 08 February 2011 08:20 AM

    People Who Live In Glass Houses Should Not Throw Stones

    Lanke Banda Tuesday, 08 February 2011 02:07 PM

    This is an un pleasant surprise. To do with Australians ? Murali should have maintained his status quo at any cost. Been a fan of Murali I am for once disappointed.

    SK Tuesday, 08 February 2011 03:48 AM

    So another international conspiracy...huh???? You sounds like Mr. Wimal W. !!!

    kim Tuesday, 08 February 2011 03:44 AM

    its funny!!
    At one time Murali didnt even want to step into Australia to play cricket because he couldnt handle the fans comments!

    But for some money he runs and jumps!!!

    easywara Tuesday, 08 February 2011 03:54 AM

    There is nothing called 'down under" Earth orbits. ? ?Sana,Sana.......whatever will be will be, future not asked to see..........

    Grumpy Tuesday, 08 February 2011 03:58 AM

    Now we should get Shane Warne to teach Sri Lankan spinners.

    ampare son Tuesday, 08 February 2011 02:18 PM

    I like him because he didnt enter politics.

    pasha Tuesday, 08 February 2011 04:21 AM

    he will teach young ausi how to bend arm.

    Nilantha Tuesday, 08 February 2011 04:18 AM

    I believe this is not a very good idea... but it is up to you Murali... it is yours

    malkanthi Tuesday, 08 February 2011 04:20 AM

    Great achievement specially in the land of those who were critical about his balling. But Sri Lanka is stupid not to retain him to coach our own.

    malkanthi Tuesday, 08 February 2011 04:26 AM

    Murali surely not doing charity in sports!

    Gayan Samarasekara Tuesday, 08 February 2011 04:31 AM

    Political outlook, compared with familiar Aussie - Murali affairs. However, this is how the world evolves, once you got the job done.

    Bedi Tuesday, 08 February 2011 08:57 AM

    B S BEDI, Former Aussi PM. Darrel Hair, all can join this to learn from Murlai and Warni Comes over to Sri Lanka.

    Good Luck Murali... Who is not concerned of Money. Any Politico is serving the country free.

    Or to be open any one of the critic who is against Murali taking this offer.

    willows Tuesday, 08 February 2011 04:28 AM

    Murali - Well deserved and shame on SLC????

    Shanil Tuesday, 08 February 2011 09:09 AM

    Its only for a few weeks for goodness sake

    Shane uk Tuesday, 08 February 2011 09:10 AM

    This is not a big issue guys.If Karu & Rajitha joined this govt without a shame this is a small thing.well done Murali go ahead & improve spinners.We need Quality crickters like You from any where in the world.

    Thas Tuesday, 08 February 2011 09:06 AM

    Get out of SL & SLC and make your carrier out of SL.

    eresh S kumara Tuesday, 08 February 2011 04:35 AM

    He should be a sri lnakan coach.This is a plan of aussi people.Its a big loss for Sri lankan team.

    AJ - DXB Tuesday, 08 February 2011 04:39 AM

    It is up to Murali to decide whether to coach or not but my personal opinion is the Australia does not deserve Murali to even be their guest spin coach after what they did to Murali.

    iqi Tuesday, 08 February 2011 04:36 AM

    What about the great Arjuna. He can show the Aussie captains how to win

    Meemanage Chanaka La Tuesday, 08 February 2011 04:41 AM

    Also shame on Australians.
    Now they accept murali. What a funny ..........

    kappp Tuesday, 08 February 2011 09:21 AM

    John Howard please go to toowoomba and jump in to swollen floods...you have no place to hide yr face mr ex. prime minister

    Asoka. Tuesday, 08 February 2011 04:38 AM

    Murali- Deserving,but not Australia,England or South Africa.Choose between SL,India,or even Pakistan please.

    Commonsense Tuesday, 08 February 2011 04:44 AM

    Thanks to Mr. Arjuna Ranathunge, who saved the Murali!!

    easywara Tuesday, 08 February 2011 04:46 AM

    can this maniac run a cricket academy ????

    Janee Janaya Tuesday, 08 February 2011 04:50 AM

    Murali Magic is something extraordinary. Aussies may be needing that wisdom. What is the political affair in that?

    Oyage sudu kella Tuesday, 08 February 2011 09:31 AM

    Good luck to you Murali, wherever you will be.

    rohandil Tuesday, 08 February 2011 03:06 PM

    Sri lanka does not not want local coaches so that's why our good coaches get contrats abroad, i'm happy for him go for it Murali.

    PRASANNA BANDAR Tuesday, 08 February 2011 09:48 AM

    I live in melbourne and play cricket for my local club.most of the players are white aussies.almost everyone exitingly talk about this and appreciate what he is going to do for cricket australia.likewise think of the bright side of what he is trying to do..of course he is going to be a benificiary with money for his service..at the same time he is letting know all the arrogant other australians that he forgive everybody and forgot everything..keep everything behind him,and ready to do something for cricket which has been a passion for him through out his carrer..please readers..do not try to put money forward..we know how rich he is..I know better than some others..because WE LIVED IN THE SAME VILLAGE IN KANDY..God on you mate..we are sri lankan..we do not carry our personal things with sports..you are a true sportsman...

    ajantha Tuesday, 08 February 2011 04:58 AM

    Australian Prime minister pls dust the Red carpet to welcome Murali !!!!!!

    lukman Tuesday, 08 February 2011 09:51 AM


    sanjeewalk Tuesday, 08 February 2011 05:17 AM

    Good decision... because SL Cricket didn't give captain chance know..

    Shane warn Tuesday, 08 February 2011 10:08 AM

    easy easy, guys .. gays..

    Lakmal Tuesday, 08 February 2011 10:12 AM

    Murali..........pls don't do this.

    I Think still you remember what they did to you? They tried to destroy your cricket life.Not only umpires as I remember Aussi cricket board and Aus. prime minster supported to that.

    Support SL cricket.then you will be real hero for forever.

    easywara Tuesday, 08 February 2011 05:27 AM

    much more better than the imprisonment Affairs should leave the options to take it or leave it.

    I Hussein Tuesday, 08 February 2011 05:29 AM

    Congrats my foot! For what?
    Aussies treated him like trash and now for money he is throwing his dignity and pride. (We were so sorry for him then)
    These guys wil do anything for money.

    mohamed Tuesday, 08 February 2011 10:41 AM

    Just to reciprocate for the support Bruce Yardly gave to Murali and SL team.

    THE UNDER TAKER Tuesday, 08 February 2011 10:41 AM


    nimal Tuesday, 08 February 2011 05:32 AM

    the $$$ payment is nt enough :P

    dpl Tuesday, 08 February 2011 05:12 PM

    MR Murali congratulation the wprld best spinner.you must take this appointment the australia .
    God blesss

    I Hussein Tuesday, 08 February 2011 11:00 AM

    ...........and he isnt a 'black money' for aussies anymore I eckon

    S. Aran Johnny Tuesday, 08 February 2011 11:06 AM

    Its good trash like you are not in Sri Lanka any more. Do us all a favour and please stay out! All those who truly love the country will be there for it.

    MK DAMODARAN Tuesday, 08 February 2011 05:31 PM

    Feb 8 is significant for Murali.Muttiah Muralitharan was born on April 17,1972.His birth number 8 has played strongly significant role in his life. Muttiah Muralitharan reached the historic landmark by taking 800 Test Wickets.
    Number 8 is lucky for Murali.So,800 wickets indicates his lucky number.Number 8 has highly influenced his career.
    Muralitharan surpassed Wasim Akram by taking 503 ODI Wickets.This number is quite significant for Murali.Because it adds up to 8(5+0+3=8).
    Murali became the highest Wicket taker in Tests by taking 710(7+1+0=8) in 116(1+1+6=8) Tests at the time of surpassing Warne.
    At that time, Murali was 35(3+5=8) years old.
    Number 8 stands in symbolism to the planet Saturn.It has two extremes-the best and the worst.Same is the case with number 8 also.As far as Murali is concerned,number 8 has always showered blessings on him,inspite of certain ordeals.Feb 8 belongs to the zodiacal Sign of acquarius ruled by 8

    lokkalk Tuesday, 08 February 2011 05:46 AM

    y should SLC sighn contracts. This is his motherland and murali can start something like a coaching acadamy for Sri Lankan new comers voluntarily

    Mr. Serious Tuesday, 08 February 2011 05:49 AM

    Whatever payments he gets he deserves it, besides this is only for a short stint. but as a professional he has achieved the impossible. he can demand what he is worth.

    Boa Tuesday, 08 February 2011 05:54 AM

    It is the professional era ...all good and Murali will do well where eevr he goes. Our donkeys at SLC let slip again...

    Modawansal Tuesday, 08 February 2011 11:20 AM

    Be a patriot Murali. Offer your services to Sri Lanka.

    Shan Tuesday, 08 February 2011 06:04 AM

    Murali, so far you have stood for the country and given it the priority. Equally the country has stood by you always. Now make your decision a prudent one, without seeking name and fame...

    Raja Tuesday, 08 February 2011 06:14 AM

    Hold your comments for a while until you hear from Murali on this assignment. I trust that his stance goes with MotherLanka.

    backstreet boy Tuesday, 08 February 2011 11:25 AM

    a SIMPLE PLAN to migrate down under :)

    shehan jayawardene Tuesday, 08 February 2011 06:11 AM

    The doosra was first bowled by Shaklain Mushtaq of Pakistan. Murali learnt it much later.

    dgsfgfg Tuesday, 08 February 2011 06:27 AM


    Thas Tuesday, 08 February 2011 06:32 AM

    SLC will never let you to be the Captain. Get out of SL and do well. We are proud of you.

    umadharshan Tuesday, 08 February 2011 06:37 AM

    you are right?...this is what going to happen soon..he should not go to australia..pls help lankans..dont think about the money

    kassa Tuesday, 08 February 2011 11:42 AM

    At last Aussies understood Murali Not Chucking.

    Citizen Tuesday, 08 February 2011 06:53 AM

    Good. Now all the jealousy guys like Bishen bedi can shut up. All the best to murali. You made our country proud.

    punchi Tuesday, 08 February 2011 07:00 AM


    haramanis Tuesday, 08 February 2011 12:08 PM

    They want coaching from a chucker eh...

    PRESIDENT Tuesday, 08 February 2011 12:54 PM

    Still Austrlian do not know how Murali is bowling, thats why they need him to study first .

    Lalith Kuruwita Tuesday, 08 February 2011 12:55 PM

    Murali is willing to sign the contract but Minister/Administors asked for 50% commission.

    !NDT Tuesday, 08 February 2011 07:23 AM

    No. the reason is not money. By returning to Australia as their spin coach, he earns his lost "dignity" in AUS!

    HITLER Tuesday, 08 February 2011 07:47 AM


    Cobra Tuesday, 08 February 2011 01:42 PM

    SLC? First they should have the brains to just come up with such a thought then they should have the strength and speed to grab at such an opportunity. Forget it!!!!!!

    Ranjan Tuesday, 08 February 2011 02:37 AM

    And what about Sri lanka Cricket?? Are we going to loose Murali??. Why cannot the SLC sign a contract with Murali to be OUR spin coach?

    Naseer Tuesday, 08 February 2011 02:39 AM

    Wow. Congratulation Murali. You have deserved it. We are proud of it.

    Bonda Tuesday, 08 February 2011 07:57 AM

    Well our loss is anothers' gain. This shows that the Cricket Board is slow to act or dont know the value of people.

    Aruna Tuesday, 08 February 2011 02:47 AM

    sad for SL, but good for him, good luck!

    Kalu Arachchi Tuesday, 08 February 2011 02:53 AM

    Mr. Bhishan Sing Bedi, Awaiting your comments please.

    P. Bhareti Tuesday, 08 February 2011 02:53 AM

    I think they will record his action in all possible ways and come out with something to "prove" that he chucks and saying Shane W is the greatest spinner. I think there is a trap here.

    meranchi Tuesday, 08 February 2011 01:50 PM

    only looking for big chunk no chance to improve lanka booling coach

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