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I hold no grudge against the umpires : Muttiah Muralitharan

He describes the controversy over his action as a "crisis" during his career but Muttiah Muralitharan holds no grudge against any umpire as he bid farewell to Test cricket with gracious words for the men in white coats.

cricket Updated: Jul 22, 2010 19:26 IST

He describes the controversy over his action as a "crisis" during his career but Muttiah Muralitharan holds no grudge against any umpire as he bid farewell to Test cricket with gracious words for the men in white coats.

Murali, whose action had come under the scanner on a number of occasions, said the umpires were only doing their job and and it was tough from them to spot everything with naked eyes.

The spun wizard, who brought down the curtains on his Test career with a phenomenal 800 wickets under his belt, said it was a huge relief for him when the use of technology proved that his action was clean.

"I was disappointed after what happened in 1995. I didn't expect that my action will be ever doubted. But I don't hold any grudges. It was their job. Umpires judge with naked eyes and I technically proved my action was right," Muralitharan said at the presentation ceremony.

"I am very grateful to the cricket board, Arjuna Ranatunga and Aravinda De Silva, they all stood by me and guided me so that I could come through that crisis," he added.

Asked what are his future plans, Muralitharan said he would make himself available for the World Cup if the selectors feel it necessary.

"I have spoken to the selectors. If they need me for the World Cup, I will play but if they think youngster can do the job for the country then also its ok. I will continue playing Twenty20," he said.

Murali, who started off being a fast bowler before changing to leg-spin, treasures his school days and said he was happy that he could make so many friends in the nearly 19 years of his cricketing career.

"I started playing cricket when I was eight years old. At St Anthony, Sunil Fernando was my coach and all through out my life he has always guided me. Those were the important days of my life," said Murali, who was very shy to appear for interviews during the initial days of his career.