Colombo: Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan, cricket’s leading international wicket taker, will retire from tests after this month’s first test against India, his manager said on Tuesday.
“Murali took a decision to retire from test cricket during the West Indies series in November but with an unscheduled Indian series coming up he has fast-tracked his retirement from Test cricket,” Kushil Gunasekara said.
“The selectors want Murali to consider himself to be available for the 2011 World Cup which Sri Lanka is partly hosting with India and Bangladesh,” Gunasekara added.
The 38-year-old off-spinner is unlikely to play in the one-day Tri-Series against India and New Zealand next month but may play one-day internationals in the build-up to next year’s World Cup.
Sri Lanka are due to tour Australia in November where they will play three one-dayers and two Twenty20 Internationals and they have five one-dayers against West Indies in December.
Muralitharan has taken 792 wickets in 132 tests and 515 wickets in 337 one-day internationals since making his test debut against Australia in 1992.