Island Cricket

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Gillespie may sort out problems with Muralitharan

Colombo (PTI): Former Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie, who is at the centre of controversy for questioning spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan's bowling action, may sort out his differences with the Sri Lankan.

Gillespie in his autobiography said that new laws allowing bowlers to bend their elbows up to 15 degrees had helped Muralitharan and Shoaib Akhtar.

Sri Lanka Cricket's Chief Executive Duleep Mendis said his Australian counterpart James Sutherland had responded to the Lankan protest by apologising on behalf of Gillespie and said they had spoken to the fast bowler about his untimely comments, the Sunday Times reported here on Sunday.

Meanwhile, SLC Secretary K Mathivanan the board was monitoring crowd behaviour towards the spinner in Australia.

Mathivanan said that in case the spectators abuse Muralitharan, tour manager Sriyan Samararatne would deal with the issue.

Australia has not been a happy hunting ground for Muralitharan since he was called for chucking by umpire Darrel Hair during the boxing-day Test in 1995. Thereafter, he was subjected to crowd abuse in a later tour.

The current tour could see the Lankan off-spinner overtaking Australian legend Shane Warne's all time record of 708 Test wickets as the Lankan needs only nine wickets to achieve the feat.



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