IPL news September 20, 2011

Muralitharan hopes for new IPL offer

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 on September 21, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    CSK get the man !!

  • ashok 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

  • Dummy4 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..

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

    CSK must keep murali in coming ipl

  • Kavin 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.

  • Arulprakash 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.

  • Prince 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...

  • Dummy4 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!!

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