Bangladesh Premier League 2012 February 15, 2012

'Bangladesh can't make do with left-arm spin only' - Muralitharan

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Muttiah Muralitharan has said that Bangladesh will need variety in their bowling stocks to complement the surfeit of left-arm spinners emerging in the country. The retired Muralitharan, the highest wicket-taker in Test and ODI history, is a part of the Chittagong Kings side for the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League. His observations came after Chittagong's encounter with Dhaka Gladiators on Monday, a game in which as many as five left-arm spinners played.

"Most spinners in Bangladesh are left-armers so you need variety in bowling," Muralitharan told the Daily Star. "If you want to do well outside the country, fast bowlers, legspinners and offspinners are needed. You can't just rely on left-arm spinners; I can see there are four-five left-arm spinners in each BPL squad. It might work here, but not in other countries.

"I am telling Bangladesh that you can't make do with left-arm spinners only, get some variety."

Muralitharan, whose last international was the 2011 World Cup final, is satisfied with the spinning talent in world cricket, though he is concerned by the impact of three varied formats on spinners' skills. "There's Daniel Vettori, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, Shakib Al Hasan, Graeme Swann, Harbhajan Singh and Ravichandran Ashwin. Sri Lanka has Ajantha Mendis and Rangana Herath, while from West Indies Sunil Narine is also coming up.

"But I am also worried about the spinners. They have to bowl flatter and faster in Twenty20 cricket while it is a different game in Tests. The coaches have a role here, they have to tell the bowlers how to adjust properly."

Muralitharan has courted success in the Twenty20 format, being a part of the Chennai Super Kings franchise that won the IPL and Champions League in 2010. His participation in the BPL was unplanned, but he looks at it as an opportunity to train ahead of IPL 2012.

"I didn't think I would play in this tournament, so I didn't train much. The last time I bowled before this was on January 4 but it's good that I'm playing. I can prepare for the IPL."

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  • POSTED BY Happy_AusBang on | February 18, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    It is a good thing that the BPL attracts mostly retired players and upcoming local ones. I would hate to see current players of other countries playing BPL or IPL or any such circus. Bangladesh also should look at BPL T20 as a stage from which they can identify future players.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    BPL is more exiciting then IPL...

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | February 18, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    @donda on (February 15 2012, 18:49 PM GMT) They did well in the U19 and A team series vs England. I think iN odiS/t20 Bangladesh will become more competitive with the seniors

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    Left Armers alone won't deliver. U need variety. Even Murali was complimented by various bowling partners such as Upul Chandana, Vass,Sanath J,Kumara Dharmasena,Herath and Mendis. Apart from Vass and Sanath True others did not flourish to GREATEST heights as Murali.Bt SL always had success and if U check thier careers they TOO have some notable records with d ball in the end. Hope B'Desh understands this sooner than later

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    Bangladesh should listen to him..He is the master..& he is not playing for money but just for the love of the game..He has more money than all the Bangladeshi players combined.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    @ Arun_Vastrad: Things grow with time long last but anything sparkling does not stay alive for a long period of time!!!! BPL will grow with the time .

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Murali playing BPL for money....it was hard for him to acknowledge that. Why did you come when you are not fit for the job, Murali?

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | February 16, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    BPL is more exciting than the IPL. Why? Because there are 5 international players per team instead of 4. If lali modi increases that to 5 or 6 for the IPL, the IPL will be unstoppable

  • POSTED BY Dannymania on | February 16, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    I am a pakistani,and i see a couple of things in BPL.Its enjoyable cricket,no doubt about that.I see that the players playing in BPL are either NOT a part of their respective international teams,OR they're playing it because they want some practice before the IPL which is undoubtedly a bigger stage than BPL right now.Dont get me wrong though,I like BPL.But come on,look at the pakistani players playing here.Razzaq has been fired.we dont want him in our team.Shahzaib hassan,imran nazir,yasir arafat,sohail tanveer,ahmad shehzad,kamran akmal,azhar mahmood,m.sami..as so many others..they're NOT our best players and thats why they were free and are playing BPL.BPL is still a great platform though,as i said,i like it.I love that the bangladeshis are showing their culture very well through BPL,and they all enjoy the games..Thanks for BPL people,its fun,and thats what we watch cricket for..to have fun..

  • POSTED BY on | February 16, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    This is really the good point that is made by the one of the worlds most famous spinner regarding the BD players. I think BPL should be thankful to the worlds experience players because we the BD are having the right comments. We should take steps what they are saying. Then BD cricket will go to its ultimate target.

  • POSTED BY Happy_AusBang on | February 18, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    It is a good thing that the BPL attracts mostly retired players and upcoming local ones. I would hate to see current players of other countries playing BPL or IPL or any such circus. Bangladesh also should look at BPL T20 as a stage from which they can identify future players.

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    BPL is more exiciting then IPL...

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | February 18, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    @donda on (February 15 2012, 18:49 PM GMT) They did well in the U19 and A team series vs England. I think iN odiS/t20 Bangladesh will become more competitive with the seniors

  • POSTED BY on | February 18, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    Left Armers alone won't deliver. U need variety. Even Murali was complimented by various bowling partners such as Upul Chandana, Vass,Sanath J,Kumara Dharmasena,Herath and Mendis. Apart from Vass and Sanath True others did not flourish to GREATEST heights as Murali.Bt SL always had success and if U check thier careers they TOO have some notable records with d ball in the end. Hope B'Desh understands this sooner than later

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    Bangladesh should listen to him..He is the master..& he is not playing for money but just for the love of the game..He has more money than all the Bangladeshi players combined.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    @ Arun_Vastrad: Things grow with time long last but anything sparkling does not stay alive for a long period of time!!!! BPL will grow with the time .

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Murali playing BPL for money....it was hard for him to acknowledge that. Why did you come when you are not fit for the job, Murali?

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | February 16, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    BPL is more exciting than the IPL. Why? Because there are 5 international players per team instead of 4. If lali modi increases that to 5 or 6 for the IPL, the IPL will be unstoppable

  • POSTED BY Dannymania on | February 16, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    I am a pakistani,and i see a couple of things in BPL.Its enjoyable cricket,no doubt about that.I see that the players playing in BPL are either NOT a part of their respective international teams,OR they're playing it because they want some practice before the IPL which is undoubtedly a bigger stage than BPL right now.Dont get me wrong though,I like BPL.But come on,look at the pakistani players playing here.Razzaq has been fired.we dont want him in our team.Shahzaib hassan,imran nazir,yasir arafat,sohail tanveer,ahmad shehzad,kamran akmal,azhar mahmood,m.sami..as so many others..they're NOT our best players and thats why they were free and are playing BPL.BPL is still a great platform though,as i said,i like it.I love that the bangladeshis are showing their culture very well through BPL,and they all enjoy the games..Thanks for BPL people,its fun,and thats what we watch cricket for..to have fun..

  • POSTED BY on | February 16, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    This is really the good point that is made by the one of the worlds most famous spinner regarding the BD players. I think BPL should be thankful to the worlds experience players because we the BD are having the right comments. We should take steps what they are saying. Then BD cricket will go to its ultimate target.

  • POSTED BY on | February 16, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Hee..hee..hee look at poor BPL CRICINFO DOES'T COMMENTERY FOR LIVE MATCHES WHAT A SHAME.. this indicates how bpl is going...

  • POSTED BY SHEAIKH on | February 16, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    Thanks cricinfo for make BPL home page on status bar..... but we needs more update...

  • POSTED BY chapathishot on | February 16, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    @M_Rakibul_Islam:You again prove that Banglas are highly emotional.Top 3 left arm spinners in world cricket history have you heard of Bishar Bedi,Derek Underwood,Daniel vettori.The guys who mentioned above including shakib(as a bowler) is not upto first class level in other countries

  • POSTED BY RMCroos on | February 16, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    Congrats for Bangladesh cricket for BPL T20 I think this is a really good move specially for crickets who Ignored from IPL. I am a srilankan but i really feel sorry for Pakistan cricketers with IPL ..So BPL allowed Pakistan and Bangladesh cricketers to Improve thier crciket + Thier income ..This is good for all cricketers God bless them the world need to find more and more good talented players...

  • POSTED BY RMCroos on | February 16, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    This is a big hint from MM. I feel Murali wants to became a bowling coach for spinners. Why not world leading wicket taker in both format test and ODI's ....Now my quetions is who wants Murali?????

  • POSTED BY on | February 16, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    There is nothing more for muralitharan to achieve..But when he talks people should listen,because he has earned it.Bangladesh seriously needs quality spinners to get maximum benefit of home conditions as well.Plus they need solid batsmen to do well as a cricketing nation.

  • POSTED BY on | February 16, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    why don't you get back home and Try building competent spinners in SL??

  • POSTED BY Prema1948 on | February 16, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    Murali don't be selfish and don't get yourself injured at this age, your services are badly needed for the Country. You can do it Murali, it is one way you can contribute to your next life.

  • POSTED BY on | February 16, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    BPL is not used to train for IPL ..........we bangladeshi r not agree with dat.....if it is dat then where r the indian players?

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | February 16, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    whats up with these comments of "BPL is used to train for IPL" like its some kind of insult. Read the article instead of just reading one sentence. Sound bites don't do anybody any good. He said he hasn't played a game since January. that means he has been out of action for 2 months and he says he can't just jump into the Big IPL without any match experience, so BPL is helping him on that. Gosh, can't anybody read these days?

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    Get back to Sri Lanka and find us a new spinner , he only has to half as good and half as hungry as you were to be a success .We need your help and guidance ,come back home and help us.Charity begins at home.

  • POSTED BY donda on | February 15, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Who you are talking to Murli, Bangladesh is not going to improve at all. The did not in last 12 years and will not in next 12 years. Problem is that they don't have IT factor to be world class team. I don't know how many years of experience they need to come out of C grade team level to be a B grade team. Srilanka were bad in initial years but still produced great batsmen of that time. But Bangladesh other than Shakib has nothing. They are not going to improve. They don't have hunger to improve.

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    BPL is used to train for IPL? very funny.... how could u say that... BPL is different from ipl and very few player from bpl will play ipl. It cant be the training session.

  • POSTED BY RaMin90 on | February 15, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    @Kugan Kn LOL At least IPL hasn't at all benefited the Indian Cricket Team. After all unlike Bangladesh or any other team, India are the only team that got thrashed miserably 4-0 in two test series against England and Australia and it didn't even take them 5 days. As an Englishman, although I prefer the T2O league in England, the matches the BPL have had at the moment are much better than some of the matches I watched of IPL.

  • POSTED BY sk12 on | February 15, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    oh common Murali, be a professional.. You can play in BPL to train for the IPL, but do you have to say that openly? Juz say you are enjoyin your time out there and get on with it.

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | February 15, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Bangladesh have produced 3 of top 10 left arm spinners in world cricket history- Shakib, Razzak & Rafiq. Unfortunately they r best 3 bowlers of BD cricket history. Only Mashrafe made some impact on international stage few years back. But it has no quality off or leg spinners & no real fast bowlers. That's why they hadn't beaten any big side in tests except ZIM & WI. BPL won't help them to recover 4m this condition. They should reform their 1st class tournament- NCL.

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    BPL is used to train for IPL?lol

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Well said....Murali Dharan. I agree with you.

  • POSTED BY Black_Rider on | February 15, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    We miss you buddy........

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  • POSTED BY Black_Rider on | February 15, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    We miss you buddy........

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Well said....Murali Dharan. I agree with you.

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    BPL is used to train for IPL?lol

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | February 15, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Bangladesh have produced 3 of top 10 left arm spinners in world cricket history- Shakib, Razzak & Rafiq. Unfortunately they r best 3 bowlers of BD cricket history. Only Mashrafe made some impact on international stage few years back. But it has no quality off or leg spinners & no real fast bowlers. That's why they hadn't beaten any big side in tests except ZIM & WI. BPL won't help them to recover 4m this condition. They should reform their 1st class tournament- NCL.

  • POSTED BY sk12 on | February 15, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    oh common Murali, be a professional.. You can play in BPL to train for the IPL, but do you have to say that openly? Juz say you are enjoyin your time out there and get on with it.

  • POSTED BY RaMin90 on | February 15, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    @Kugan Kn LOL At least IPL hasn't at all benefited the Indian Cricket Team. After all unlike Bangladesh or any other team, India are the only team that got thrashed miserably 4-0 in two test series against England and Australia and it didn't even take them 5 days. As an Englishman, although I prefer the T2O league in England, the matches the BPL have had at the moment are much better than some of the matches I watched of IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    BPL is used to train for IPL? very funny.... how could u say that... BPL is different from ipl and very few player from bpl will play ipl. It cant be the training session.

  • POSTED BY donda on | February 15, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Who you are talking to Murli, Bangladesh is not going to improve at all. The did not in last 12 years and will not in next 12 years. Problem is that they don't have IT factor to be world class team. I don't know how many years of experience they need to come out of C grade team level to be a B grade team. Srilanka were bad in initial years but still produced great batsmen of that time. But Bangladesh other than Shakib has nothing. They are not going to improve. They don't have hunger to improve.

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    Get back to Sri Lanka and find us a new spinner , he only has to half as good and half as hungry as you were to be a success .We need your help and guidance ,come back home and help us.Charity begins at home.

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | February 16, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    whats up with these comments of "BPL is used to train for IPL" like its some kind of insult. Read the article instead of just reading one sentence. Sound bites don't do anybody any good. He said he hasn't played a game since January. that means he has been out of action for 2 months and he says he can't just jump into the Big IPL without any match experience, so BPL is helping him on that. Gosh, can't anybody read these days?