Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has been confirmed as the 6th and final international franchise player for this year`s Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Muralitharan, who’s taken more international wickets than any other player in history, with 1347 scalps across Test, ODI and T20 International forms, will line up in the first franchise-based competition that will take place in 6 countries in July and August.
“I am really looking forward to playing in the first ever CPL — it is going to be a fantastic spectacle for fans and a great experience for all players involved,” Muralitharan said. “I am good friends with a number of the West Indian players, especially Chris Gayle as we play together in the IPL, and having the chance to play on a team with guys competing in their home countries will be fantastic for me. I am also excited that there will be so many young West Indian players involved in the tournament and I hope to pass on some of my cricketing experiences as the tournament progresses. I can`t wait for it to get started!” he stated in a release.
The 41-year-old, presently playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL, slots in along with Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist from Australia, New Zealand`s Ross Taylor, Pakistan`s Mohammad Hafeez and South African Herschelle Gibbs as established big-name signings.