The Pallekale International Cricket Stadium will be named after legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan said Erik Prasanna Weerawardena, who is the private secretary of the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena.
Murali holds the record for most number of wickets in both test and one-day international cricket.
The decision to name the stadium “Muttiah Muralitharan International Cricket Stadium” was taken by the Kundasale Pradeshiya Sabha. However, the date for the name change is yet to be disclosed.
Muttiah Muralitharan made his test debut in 1992 after graduating from St. Anthony’s College, Kandy where he learnt his cricket under Sunil Fernando. He was a key member of the 1996 world cup winning squad led by Arjuna Ranatunga.
Murali had a strategy for almost every obstacle that came his way. He was once criticized for chucking but biomechanical analysis came out against the ICC’s claims. He mastered the doosra that was unplayable in the latter part of his career. Even the greatest of batsmen feared Murali and faced him with the utmost respect.
Muttiah Muralitharan was formally inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame at the ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales.
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