Bangladesh Premier League 2012 February 15, 2012

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

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Khair ul 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.

  • Dummy4 on February 18, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    BPL is more exiciting then IPL...

  • John 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

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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 .

  • Dummy4 on February 17, 2012, 12:03 GMT

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

  • Johnathon 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

  • Danish 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, 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 have fun..

  • Dummy4 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.

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