will be out of action for four months!
Sri Lanka's champion off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan is very likely
to be out of action for a period of about four months or even more
following an intial medical examination in Melbourne yesterday.
who pulled out of the second Test now in progress complaining of
a shoulder pain flew to Melbourne on Thursday night for medical
to team manager Ajith Jayasekera, 'Murali' was examined by Dr. David
Young of the Melbourne Hospital. Jayasekera said "Part of the
fluid in his right shoulder was removed. Still some fluid is remaining
and also there is a cyst on his shoulder. He will have to undergo
further medical attention in Melbourne and we expect a report on
his condition soon".
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will soon have to decide whether Muralitharan
should be subjected to the full course of treatment or else put
back on track after a 'patch-up' job.Sri Lanka was initially looking
at getting Muralitharan back for next months ICC champion trophy.
Sunday Times learns from reliable sources it is very likely that
'Murali' will undergo surgery and seek a somewhat permanent solution
to his injury. This would be the best option in the long run for
the Lankan off spinner. It will effectively mean that the current
world record holder for the highest number of test wickets will
not be seen in action for the rest of the year.