“The selectors want Murali to consider himself to be available for the 2011 World Cup which Sri Lanka is partly hosting with India and Bangladesh,” Gunasekara added.
The 38-year-old off-spinner is unlikely to play in the one-day Tri-Series against India and New Zealand next month but may play one-day internationals in the build-up to next year’s World Cup.
Sri Lanka are due to tour Australia in November where they will play three one-dayers and two Twenty20 Internationals and they have five one-dayers against West Indies in December.
Muralitharan has taken 792 wickets in 132 tests and 515 wickets in 337 one-day internationals since making his test debut against Australia in 1992.
A statement from Sri Lanka Cricket said an official press conference would be held “in due course” to announce Muralitharan’s retirement.
“Mr. Muralitharan has had discussions with the National Selectors, SLC officials and has had the blessings of His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapakse and the Minister of Sports, Hon. C B Ratnayake,” said a statement on the Sri Lanka Cricket website (www.srilankacricket.lk).
Muttiah Muralitharan was born on April 17th, 1972 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muttiah_Muralitharan
April 17th, 1972
4 + 17 +1+9+7+2 = 40 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Helping out. Pitching in. Doing his part.