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Sri Lanka planning to name stadium after Murali

The Sri Lankan venue where Muttiah Muraltharan shattered the world bowling record could be re-named afer the prolific off-spinner.

cricket Updated: Dec 12, 2007 15:53 IST

The Sri Lankan venue where Muttiah Muraltharan shattered the world bowling record could be re-named afer the prolific off-spinner, the country's sports minister said today.

Gamini Lokuge said he will ask the authorities that control Kandy's Asgiriya stadium to re-name the groundafter Sri Lanka's most famous criceter.

"Asgiriya belongs to the Trinity College of Kandy and we have made a request to them," Lokuge told AFP.

It was at that groun in the first Test against England last week that Muralitharan surpassed retired Australia Shane Warne's world record tally of 708 wickets to become the leading Test bowler.

Muralitharan who hails from the hill town of Kandy, also claimed his 700th wicket at the same venue against Bangladesh in July.

Trinity College vice-principal Gladwyn Kanagasabai, however, said no official request had been received from the government.

"We have no plans so far to change the name of the venue," a bemused Kanagasabai tld AFP by phone from Kandy.

Asgiriya, a regular Test venue since 1983, is widely acclaimed as one of the most pictureseque cricket grounds in the world, having been carved out from the hillside.

Sri Lanka are in he middle of a three-match Test series with England, with the tourists looking for a series-levelling win after losing the Kandy Test by 88 runs.