Sri Lankan former off-spinner Muthiah Muralitharan announced on today that he will join the Australian coaching staff for their series against Pakistan in the UAE. The world’s leading Test wicket-taker is already working with Australia’s top spinner Nathan Lyon as part of Australia`s National Cricket Centre Spin Programme, and has decided to become more engaged.
Muthiah Muralitharan retired from international cricket after Sri Lanka lost the World Cup final to India in 2011. His signing is a coup given his expertise of the doosra delivery, which has long baffled the Aussies, and with Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal among the game`s most efficient mystery spinners.
Australia play Pakistan on neutral ground in the UAE in a series including 3 ODI matches, 2 Tests and a T20 from October 3-November 1. Pakistan have been forced to play their home series at neutral locations since militants attacked the Sri Lankan squad in Lahore in 2009.