Murali finally ruled out of T20 WC, Thushara to replace him

Murali finally ruled out of T20 WC, Thushara to replace him

Muttiah Muralitharan

The International Cricket Council had confirmed on Saturday that the event's technical committee has approved Thushara as replacement for Murali, who has been struggling with a groin injury.As per the tournament rules once replaced, a player cannot return, which means Twenty World Cup is over for Murali.

The star off-spinner suffered the injury during Sri Lanka's tournament-opening loss to New Zealand in Guyana and missed his side's subsequent victory over Zimbabwe.
Murali, however, turned out in Sri Lanka's 57-run win over the West Indies in the Super Eight stage match here last Saturday.

Left-arm pacer Thushara has represented Sri Lanka in nine Tests, 36 One-Day Internationals and five Twenty20 Internationals, the last of which was against Pakistan in August, 2009.

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