Lankan cricket boss slams Murali
PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (AP):
Bowling great Muttiah Muralitharan has been attacked by Sri Lanka's cricket board chief for helping rivals Australia.
The Sri Lankan has been a bowling consultant for Australia, ahead of the first Test starting today in Pallekele.
Thilanga Sumathipala claimed Muralitharan who retired with a record 800 Test wickets at an average of 22.72 had let down his fans by helping a country that he said had accused the bowler of cheating.
The board has also complained to Cricket Australia that Muralitharan allegedly tried to use unauthorised practice facilities for the Australian team and verbally abused Sri Lankan team manager Charith Senanayake.
Muralitharan, who denied Sumathipala's allegations, was called for throwing the ball illegally during his first tour to Australia in 1995 and later in 1999.
He was cleared by the International Cricket Council after tests on his bowling action.
Muralitharan said Sri Lanka's cricket board had sought help from him only once since his international retirement in 2011.
The winners of the three-Test series gets the (Shane) Warne-Muralitharan trophy.