Sri Lanka receive Murali boost
Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has been declared fit to face New Zealand in Tuesday's World Cup semi-final.
Last Updated: 29/03/11 4:01pm
Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has been declared fit to face New Zealand in Tuesday's World Cup semi-final at Colombo.
The 38-year-old, who is the leading wicket-taker in the history of one-day cricket with 532, was an injury doubt for the clash with a knee injury, however he has been cleared to play in what will be his last match at his home ground before retirement.
Sri Lanka media manager Brian Thomas confirmed Muralitharan, who will retire after the World Cup, will play.
"He is fit and will take the field," said Thomas, raising hopes of a home team win.
Muralitharan insists he will not feel any pressure from his last home game.
"Playing your last match in your country is emotional. When I played my last Test and took eight wickets it was very emotional," said Muralitharan of his last Test against India in 2010.
If Sri Lanka overcome the Black Caps, Muralitharan will play his last international match in the final on April 2 in Mumbai.