IPL news September 20, 2011

Muralitharan hopes for new IPL offer

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Muttiah Muralitharan has said he hopes another IPL franchise will sign him now that the BCCI has terminated Kochi Tuskers Kerala. Murali, who retired from all forms of international cricket after the 2011 World Cup, was bought by Kochi in the January 2011 auction after he played the first three IPL seasons for Chennai Super Kings.

"I am hopeful that if they [Kochi] are not playing, some other franchise will take me as I am fit and playing this format continuously," Murali told PTI in Colombo. "I want to play two more years in IPL."

The BCCI announced that Kochi were terminated because they had failed to submit a new bank guarantee for 2011, which the board said was an "irremediable breach" of their contract. The players contracted to Kochi have a three-way contract, which includes the BCCI as a party, and N Srinivasan, the new board president, said an arrangement would be made that is viable for the players.

"What will be the consequences of the termination and the future of the players, as well as whether to play with nine teams, all these things will be decided by the IPL governing council," Srinivasan said. "The players' interest will be safeguarded. BCCI will not leave the players in the lurch. We will find an equitable solution that is viable both for the players and the BCCI."

Muralitharan said he expected the board to make adequate arrangements for the players. "If the BCCI has decided something, then we can't do anything," Muralitharan said. "But I hope they will arrange something for the 20 contracted players of the franchise. It's a three-party agreement and we have our contract with the BCCI too."

While playing for Chennai, Muralitharan took 52 wickets in 46 games across the IPL and Champions League Twenty20. However, he played only five of Kochi's 14 games in the 2011 IPL. "I think Kochi did not need my services much," Muralitharan said. "My experience with Chennai Super Kings was far better. Kochi did not play me much."

Steve O'Keefe, a left-arm spinner from New South Wales who was signed on by Kochi last season, said he was disappointed he did not get to play for the franchise at all. "It would be a shame if I were to go home without playing [for them] considering that last year [IPL 2011], I didn`t play a game," he said. "I was disappointed [for not playing a game] and if they scrap the team I'd be even more disappointed." O'Keefe is currently in India with the New South Wales side for the CLT20.

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  • on September 22, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    happy a lot.. atleast our asset will come back to us

  • Roshini on September 21, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    Please you great man stop begging for IPL bucks. We will beg in Sri Lanka on your behalf and ensure you get fairly a decent amount closer to IPL bucks just to come out of retirement and turn your arm again for Sri Lanka. We need you more than ever Murali. Our home soil winning pride has been decimated since your retirement. It's well past a year without a test victory and before we become again the infamous whipping boys of test cricket pleeeeeez help us. We will buy you at any age. Roshini Vaas - Homagama Sri Lanka

  • on September 21, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    CSK get the man !!

  • indianzen on September 21, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    Murali wants to keep playing i appreciate, but not like this begging.. he will be surely taken in by the CSK

  • on September 21, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    To princemoses, i dont understand the logic behind your comment. CSK are the champions in both last years IPL as well as Champion League without murali ( Iam not denying murali's caliber here ) then why should Mr. NS should terminate a complete team just for the sake of getting back murali to CSK. He can just add a suppliment rule in terms of player transfer and get back murali which he can do so or the commisioner of IPL. You lost out one big thing over here, CTK was not terminated for the sake of getting back murali to CSK, its the money which they are not getting from CTK. The IPL is all for money to the board, not for players, Got It..

  • Rajakottaram on September 21, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    CSK must keep murali in coming ipl

  • Romenevans on September 21, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    LOL its funny and Sad to see the legend pleading and begging to be taken by some franchise. Shame on this circus IPL that making these legends act like fools and beggars.

  • kingcobra85 on September 21, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    the players should go into proper auction.Poor teams should not get the best players.It's because of their fault that they are poor. I think mumbai indians or CSK will get murali both need second spinner.

  • princemoses on September 21, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    All this termination is a well thought plan by Mr.NS to bring back murali into CSK! He missed him narrowly in the auction, now he's back in the race...

  • on September 21, 2011, 2:53 GMT

    Murali, you should go back to where you belong in IPL.... Team CSK! Please return back to CSK as We, CSKians, still treat you as part of our Lions!!

  • on September 22, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    happy a lot.. atleast our asset will come back to us

  • Roshini on September 21, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    Please you great man stop begging for IPL bucks. We will beg in Sri Lanka on your behalf and ensure you get fairly a decent amount closer to IPL bucks just to come out of retirement and turn your arm again for Sri Lanka. We need you more than ever Murali. Our home soil winning pride has been decimated since your retirement. It's well past a year without a test victory and before we become again the infamous whipping boys of test cricket pleeeeeez help us. We will buy you at any age. Roshini Vaas - Homagama Sri Lanka

  • on September 21, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    CSK get the man !!

  • indianzen on September 21, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    Murali wants to keep playing i appreciate, but not like this begging.. he will be surely taken in by the CSK

  • on September 21, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    To princemoses, i dont understand the logic behind your comment. CSK are the champions in both last years IPL as well as Champion League without murali ( Iam not denying murali's caliber here ) then why should Mr. NS should terminate a complete team just for the sake of getting back murali to CSK. He can just add a suppliment rule in terms of player transfer and get back murali which he can do so or the commisioner of IPL. You lost out one big thing over here, CTK was not terminated for the sake of getting back murali to CSK, its the money which they are not getting from CTK. The IPL is all for money to the board, not for players, Got It..

  • Rajakottaram on September 21, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    CSK must keep murali in coming ipl

  • Romenevans on September 21, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    LOL its funny and Sad to see the legend pleading and begging to be taken by some franchise. Shame on this circus IPL that making these legends act like fools and beggars.

  • kingcobra85 on September 21, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    the players should go into proper auction.Poor teams should not get the best players.It's because of their fault that they are poor. I think mumbai indians or CSK will get murali both need second spinner.

  • princemoses on September 21, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    All this termination is a well thought plan by Mr.NS to bring back murali into CSK! He missed him narrowly in the auction, now he's back in the race...

  • on September 21, 2011, 2:53 GMT

    Murali, you should go back to where you belong in IPL.... Team CSK! Please return back to CSK as We, CSKians, still treat you as part of our Lions!!

  • on September 21, 2011, 2:34 GMT

    Termination of Cochin Team would help other teams to recruit these players. To increase competition in the league, BCCI should ensure that these players to be picked by the bottom five teams of the league. The top 5 teams should not qualify for this recruitment. Hope commonsense prevails and an equitable formula is worked out as regards to the Cochin team players.

    Murali, as a spinner and a good fielder does have another couple of years in him. He is a better bowler than some of the spinners playing IPL

  • johnathonjosephs on September 21, 2011, 1:59 GMT

    Very underrated IPL bowler. People seem to forget that he had similar stats to Ashwin (about a wicket or two less) in that same year that Ashwin was judged player of the series. He was then dropped from Chennai the next year and put in Kochi.... Now, to be perfectly honest, I doubt he will even get a bid, while his nemesis Shane Warne had OK seasons (other than first IPL he captained) and was a must for the Rajasthans until he bowed out. Sri Lankans, New Zealanders, and West Indians (except Gayle) in the IPL are very underrated

  • xenon555 on September 20, 2011, 21:29 GMT

    Murali should go to Delhi. They have talented bowling so he won't have too much pressure, Daredevils could offer him solid money, there is a huge lack of spin talent in Delhi (just vd Merwe). He could instantly make DD a dangerous team. The Superkings already have a surplus of foreign talent. Hussey, Morkel, Bollinger, Bravo, Southee, Randiv, Styris are all good, so Murali wont play very much. Also he will get a lousy contract compared to what he could get.

  • on September 20, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    Lets have another player auction!

  • CricFan78 on September 20, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    Roja even though I am an Indian I am aware that Murali has done great charity work for Sri Lanka by building houses post-tsunami. Recently he was in California to raise charity for building houses in North Sri Lanka. What "greed" are you talking about?

  • on September 20, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    @Roja What greed? He has a family and he has to support that.. why are we always very critical of cricketers.. In normal jobs we work till age 58.. but cricketers career is jus till late 30's.. He is earning with the skill he has.. What is bothering you??

  • on September 20, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    "Kochi did not play me much." Because you never deserved a place in final 11, you should feel good that you were not picked against other good IPL teams as most of the Indian batsman have scored a lot of runs against you. Remember how Dhoni and Gambhir smashed you all over the park in WC final?

  • spas on September 20, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    IPL continuousely ruin cricket spirit of some of the greatest players. T20 is all about fun. but if ICC-BCCI opt to have fun all over the year "cricket" will die soon.

  • on September 20, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    what a shame. murali just lost 2 million dollars. he could have earn that money easily in next 1 seasons. that too just sitting on the bench mostly.

  • on September 20, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    will you foot bill for murali's expenses??? he has full 9 and half months of non-IPL/ non-CL time and you can use him all the while..

  • AndyH22 on September 20, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    "Such a greed"?!?! You must be joking. There may not be an athlete anywhere on earth -- in any sport -- who has been more selfless in his devotion to charity and putting his wallet to work to help those less fortunate than he is. The dude built more than a thousand houses after the 2004 tsunami. Greed is not a word you get to use with Muttiah Muralitharan. As a Sri Lankan, you should know that.

  • on September 20, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    MURALI ...... CSK`s doors r opened fr u....

    U can replace SURAJ RANDIV / TIM SOUTHEE at any cost..

    ur a true match winner in any situation.....

  • Alexk400 on September 20, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    he got only few years left in tank. Let him make his money. After that he can help srilanka.

  • on September 20, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    Chennai Super Kings needs Murali.

  • on September 20, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    Murali should be picked up by chennai . all r u know he is son in law of chennai

  • on September 20, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    it's not greed towards money.. it's his passion towards the cricket. no one can go volunteerly and help any cricket. for the srilanka cricket should aproach him in proper way

  • rustyryan on September 20, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    Murali pls be back to chennai... we miss you....

  • niksaims on September 20, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    Murali should go back to Chennai.....

  • on September 20, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan I believe that what Murali has to do now is not to go after IPL money,but to give his Knowledge to Sri Lankan cricket.He's specialized in Spin bawling,so that he can give his support to youngsters.He think he has earned more than I would imagine from cricket when he was playing,so why having such a greed even now also?

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  • on September 20, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan I believe that what Murali has to do now is not to go after IPL money,but to give his Knowledge to Sri Lankan cricket.He's specialized in Spin bawling,so that he can give his support to youngsters.He think he has earned more than I would imagine from cricket when he was playing,so why having such a greed even now also?

  • niksaims on September 20, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    Murali should go back to Chennai.....

  • rustyryan on September 20, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    Murali pls be back to chennai... we miss you....

  • on September 20, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    it's not greed towards money.. it's his passion towards the cricket. no one can go volunteerly and help any cricket. for the srilanka cricket should aproach him in proper way

  • on September 20, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    Murali should be picked up by chennai . all r u know he is son in law of chennai

  • on September 20, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    Chennai Super Kings needs Murali.

  • Alexk400 on September 20, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    he got only few years left in tank. Let him make his money. After that he can help srilanka.

  • on September 20, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    MURALI ...... CSK`s doors r opened fr u....

    U can replace SURAJ RANDIV / TIM SOUTHEE at any cost..

    ur a true match winner in any situation.....

  • AndyH22 on September 20, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    "Such a greed"?!?! You must be joking. There may not be an athlete anywhere on earth -- in any sport -- who has been more selfless in his devotion to charity and putting his wallet to work to help those less fortunate than he is. The dude built more than a thousand houses after the 2004 tsunami. Greed is not a word you get to use with Muttiah Muralitharan. As a Sri Lankan, you should know that.

  • on September 20, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    will you foot bill for murali's expenses??? he has full 9 and half months of non-IPL/ non-CL time and you can use him all the while..