Sri Lanka news July 30, 2010

Murali, Kumble plan spin-bowling academy

Cricinfo staff

Anil Kumble and Muttiah Muralitharan could be soon working together in training young spinners. There are plans in place to set up a spin-bowling academy, possibly in Bangalore, and the two bowlers, who share 1419 Test wickets between them, have set their minds on the project.

"It is in the pipeline, but it is Anil's call as he is arranging things for setting up the academy in Bangalore," Muralitharan, who retired after finishing with 800 wickets in Galle, told the Indian Express. "If Anil does (set things up) I would like to be a part of it. I am not planning a career in coaching, but if Anil starts his academy I'll be happy to go."

While Kumble isn't yet certain about when the project will get underway, he confirmed the intention was very much there, having discussed it two years ago. "I have been in touch with Murali. However, I haven't been able to speak to him after his retirement since he's been busy with all the felicitations," Kumble said. "Once he's free we'll sit down and plan things in detail."