Caribbean Premier League 2013 August 10, 2013

CPL should aim for window - Muralitharan

Renaldo Matadeen

Muttiah Muralitharan, the former Sri Lanka offspinner, believes the debuting Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has a promising future but should aim for a window in international cricket to be able to attract the best talent from across the world.

"The organizers should get a window on the international cricket calendar to add better players on contract," said Muralitharan, who is playing for Jamaica Tallawahs in the ongoing CPL. "Also, seek assistance and funding for pitches. Hopefully, it will get better."

Muralitharan drew parallels to T20 leagues such as the IPL, where he played alongside Chris Gayle, Ravi Rampaul and Christopher Barnwell for Royal Challengers Bangalore, and the BBL in Australia, where he played with Marlon Samuels for Melbourne Renegades.

Muralitharan urged the Caribbean region to optimize home-grown talent, saying he was not in favour of overseas coaches. "I don't recommend foreign coaches. Local coaches are good enough because they know the players involved. The international players are here to add hype to the tournament."

He was not so impressed with the standard of the playing surfaces, though. "The pitches have been a bit challenging. Some have not been so great but some have been better. It will only get more interesting."

Jamaica captain Gayle dubbed Muralitharan as one of the biggest assets in the dressing room. "He brings a lot of experience and positivity to the team and the younger players, even myself," Gayle said. "He and Ahmed (Shehzad) inject a lot of life into us in the hotel and they're always holding court and making us laugh. When we hear them speaking to each other, it's fun but they're serious out there. Murali helps me lead by example."

On his immediate future, Muralitharan, who retired from international cricket after the 2011 World Cup, admitted uncertainty. "I'm normally with the Big Bash (this December) but after that, I don't know."

Renaldo Matadeen is a sportswriter and social media manager for ESPN Caribbean. He tweets here

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  • Avais on August 10, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    I'm not from WI and being a traditionalist, not a big fan of T20 cricket. But I'm a great fan of West Indian cricket of the recent past and would support anything which would bring back the cricket passion back to the people and youngster of the region. CPL is the best thing happened to Caribbean cricket and will definitely help bring back some of the cricketing glory of the region back. In USA its played at the prime time and after a long day worka nd after dinner, a geat fun to watch some entertaining cricket and particularly watching my favorite Paksiatni players.

  • Android on August 10, 2013, 21:16 GMT

    A man who's played cricket in all conditions knows what he's talking about.

  • o on August 10, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    The CPL has had fantastic start, the first game really set the scene full house good aggressive cricket star performances by West Indian stars and International the atmosphere incredible. It really does look like the best T20 tournament as far as fun and atmosphere goes set during carnival only adds to this.

  • kent on August 10, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    Nice to have te great man, Muri gracing the Caribbean shores. Certainly was one of the greatest spinners of all time. All the best to you sir!

  • kishore on August 10, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    YA...pitches r too bad for Cpl...sub continent pitches r more better than carebeian pitchess..murali u r a legend man...god bless u to play more n more to surprise us...

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