'Muralitharan could still play in WT20'

'Muralitharan could still play in WT20'

A statement released by Sri Lanka Cricket in Colombo earlier on Monday said the star off-spinner had been “advised to rest for two or three weeks” following a groin problem he suffered during the team’s two-wicket opening match defeat by New Zealand here on Friday.

That would rule him out of the rest of the World Twenty20.
But Sangakkara, speaking after Sri Lanka’s 14-run, rain-affected, win over Zimbabwe here on Monday, said Muralitharan - whose place against the Africans was taken by 25-year-old off-spinner Suraj Randiv - would be given a chance to prove his fitness.
“We haven’t ruled him out completely,” Sangakkara told reporters. “We are going to give him a few more days to try and see whether he can get on the park and compete at 100 percent for us.

“If not we have Suraj Randiv who has had a very impressive six months in domestic and international cricket.
“He’s bowled against some of the toughest opponents in the world on flat tracks in India and Bangladesh.

“He can field brilliantly, handle a bat and more importantly get through his four overs.
“The cover is there, of course you can’t replace Murali, we would love to have him all the time, but we have tried to cover for changes to the team.”
Earlier, the SLC statement appeared to indicate the World Twenty20 was over for 38-year-old vice-captain Muralitharan.

“Clinical tests revealed a grade one strain of his right adductor muscle,” team physiotherapist Tommy Simsek said in the statement.
“Murali has been advised to rest for two to three weeks.”