Sangakkara backs Muralitharan

Kumar Sangakkara has leapt to Muttiah Muralitharan's defence after Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) lodged a complaint against the legendary former spinner. He tweeted: "Murali is a great son of Sri Lanka and he doesn't have to defend himself. He loves his country. He is free to consult or coach anyone.


Anonymous's picture

Good stuff. Mahela has shown support too.

Lahirua's picture

Lot of the people are missing the point.

Australia was the country that hurled so much racist abuse and unfair treatment for Sri Lanka cricket especially Murali since we became a decent team.

Sri Lankan people wouldn't be upset if he was hired as a permanent coach because they would see that Australia genuinely accepts his coaching skills. But what we have here is Australia just using him as bowling practice in return for a few thousand dollars before a major tournament.

People are unhappy with Murali because he was one of our heroes and we know he is not corrupt unlike the SL Cricket board which people already know are a bunch of thieves.

People are just unhappy about him supporting AUSTRALIA, if any other team like NZ, PK, BD people wouldn't mind.

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@Lahirua Murali has stated several times he doesn't want permanent coaching role that requires extensive travel because of family reasons.

Short term consultancy role is no big deal. Many teams have done this in past. Wasim had such roles with India for example. Sri Lanka successfully had a consultant on 2014 UK tour...this time they choose to instead waste money talking board officials for holidays.

This is not his first stint with Australia either. Previously Lehmann asked for him when they were about to go play Pakistan in UAE. People seem to nicely leave that....along with unpaid work he does for Sri Lankan spinners when asked!

I'm sure Murali presence caused or batsmen's inability to last even 50 overs in a Test innings too!

SLC used Jonty for consultancy stint. When it was talked about last year about using Lillee (a proven fast bowling coach who helped establish pace academy in India) or some other Aussie quick for consultancy role for our quick I saw a number of fans whinging on here!
What can you do if SLC and fans a left behind the times.

On this site before I was saying SLC should have asked Warne to do some stints with Vandersay as he did with Yasir.

Darren Lehmann as coach is smart. He goes after the people he things are best help for a particular series or tour...whilst SLC sit doing nothing but have coaches practices football with players and administrators abusing money/resources.

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