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The Melbourne Renegades will be without legendary Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan for the upcoming edition of the Big Bash League (BBL) after he decided to focus on his coaching commitments.
Muralitharan played for the Renegades in the past two seasons of the BBL and took 19 wickets in 16 matches.
However, he is currently with the Australian team in the United Arab Emirates, where they are playing Pakistan, after being hired as their spin consultant.
“I signed for three years with the Kolkata state team and I’m doing about 30 days of work in a year,” he said. “I was supposed to play in the Caribbean league. I gave it up.
“I told the Big Bash League I’m not coming and also the IPL – I’ve advised them I’m not going to be available.
“My future plans are just to help spinners all around the world. That’s the role I’m going to play.”
Even though Renegades CEO Stuart Coventry was gutted that Muralitharan would not be playing in the upcoming edition of the tournament, he wished the Sri Lankan legend all the best in his future endeavours.
“Murali has advised us that he won’t be competing in BBL|04 as he looks to scale back his playing commitments around the world,” Coventry said. “Murali was a popular member of the Renegades squad who brought world-class expertise in spin bowling to us in BBL|02 and 03.
“He has made many friends in Melbourne during his time in red and we wish him all the best with his future coaching roles.”