The most popular cricket franchise tournament Indian Premier League (IPL) is going to start in the last week of March. Ten different franchises from 10 cities in India will participate in this season.
Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan is not satisfied with this either. He demanded a franchise for the state of Kerala in the IPL.
Kerala is considered as one of the most beautiful states in India. Muralidharan urged the country’s cricket fans to invest in this city of scenic beauty for the development of cricket.
Earlier a movie called ‘800’ was made about Muralitharan, the highest wicket taker in the history of cricket. It was released on the big screen in October last year. Murali’s biopic was shot at The Palace Oval Grounds in Tripunithura, Kerala. 51-year-old Muralidharan went there yesterday Sunday.
Muralidharan’s relationship with Kerala is quite old. The Lankan legend earlier played for Kochi Tuskers (now defunct) in the 2011 IPL season. The Tuskers’ registration was canceled after just one season due to financial troubles with the Board of Cricket in India (BCCI).
The Indian media Times of India published the comments of the Lankan spin legend. Muralidharan, the highest wicket-taker in Tests, portrayed South Indian cricket there, ‘Football is more popular in Kerala. Today’s ISL galleries have a festive atmosphere. When I played for the Tuskers, it wasn’t like that. Clubs like Tripunithura should come forward to spread cricket across the state.’
Sanju Samson is playing in the national team after coming up from Kerala. Muralitharan feels that there is no alternative to an IPL franchise to bring in such talent, ‘in 2011 we played for just one year, which is unfortunate for Kerala cricket. Because if there was an IPL team here, the state would be full of cricketers. TCC (Tripunithura Cricket Club) should put pressure on the cricket authorities and try to get an IPL team for Kerala.’