This has been a week of mixed emotions for Sri Lankan legend Mutthiah Muralitharan. A few days back he was being criticized for influencing the preparation of a turning pitch for Australia’s warm-up game. The fact that the criticism came from none other than Sri Lankan cricket board had made matter worse.
Two days later, Muralitharan gets to know that he will be inducted into ICC’s hall of fame. He will also be Sri Lanka’s first ever player to get inducted in the prestigious club. Along with Murali, Karen Rolton, Arthur Morris and George Lohmann will be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame, the cricket governing body announced on Wednesday (July 27).
Rolton is a former Australia women’s captain who played for her country in 14 Tests and 141 One-Day Internationals to end with 1,002 and 4,814 runs respectively. She was also part of the Australian women’s sides winning two World Cups for her side in 1997 and 2005.
Another inductee Morris is also an Australia. He played 46 Tests and scored 3,533 runs in his career. England pace George Lohmann will also feature in the list. He played 18 Tests in a career that spanned close to a decade but picked up 112 wickets. Lohmann had an outstanding Test match bowling average of 10.75.
Muralitharan, on the other hand, needs no introduction. He was one dedicated servant of Sri Lanka cricket, with 800 Test wickets and 530 ODI wickets to his name.
Sri Lankan cricket board was a bit upset with the former Sri Lankan great player for joining as Australian bowling coach. Even after the announcement of Murali getting inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame, there has been no congratulatory message from the board.