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Muralitharan believes the CPL has a very bright future
Former Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has called on the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) organisers to create a window for the tournament in order to attract the best Twentt20 players around the world.
From what he has seen so far, Muralitharan conceded that the tournament had been a huge success and has a very promising future.
“The organizers should get a window on the international cricket calendar to add better players on contract,” Muralitharan said. “Also, seek assistance and funding for pitches. Hopefully, it will get better.”
Muralitharan, who is representing the Jamaica Tallawahs in the CPL, added that this tournament was a perfect way to find young superstars.
He also noted that he was against the use of overseas coaches as they do not possess a lot of knowledge about the local players.
“I don’t recommend foreign coaches,” he said. “Local coaches are good enough because they know the players involved. The international players are here to add hype to the tournament.”
Muralitharan was not impressed with some of the conditions of the pitches either, and said: “The pitches have been a bit challenging. Some have not been so great but some have been better. It will only get more interesting.”
Speaking about Muralitharan, Jamaica captain Chris Gayle stated that 41-year-old has been a huge asset to the team throughout the tournament.
“He brings a lot of experience and positivity to the team and the younger players, even myself,” Gayle said. “He and Ahmed (Shehzad) inject a lot of life into us in the hotel and they’re always holding court and making us laugh. When we hear them speaking to each other, it’s fun but they’re serious out there. Murali helps me lead by example.”
Since announcing his retirement after the 2011 World Cup, Muralitharan has become a Twenty20 mercenary, but the former Sri Lanka spinner admitted to being uncertain about his future.
“I’m normally with the Big Bash (this December) but after that, I don’t know,” he said.