Murali returns to Gloucestershire

January 31, 2012

by Celidh

Gloucestershire county cricket club have announced that legendry spinner Muttiah Muralitharan will be returning to the county for the 2012 Twenty20 campaign.

This is the second year in a row that Muralitharan will head to the West Country. The Sri Lankan off-spinner was Gloucestershire’s joint top wicket taker with 12 wickets in last year’s tournament.

The 39-year-old is currently only available for Twenty20 matches after an illustrious career in Test cricket for Sri Lanka. Muralitharan is the all-time leading wicket taker in Tests with over 800 victims.

Speaking of Muralitharan’s return, Gloucestershire’s Director of Cricket Tom Richardson said: “He lifts everybody in the dressing room. The youngsters can learn so much from him, as can everybody. He gave a lot, both on and off the field and is a delightful bloke so we’re really looking forward to him coming back.”

This year’s competition gets underway in mid-June and Gloucestershire will be hoping that Muralitharan can help the county out of the group stages and into the quarter-finals.

The Scoop 31/01/2012

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