March 11, 2006

Muralitharan achieves 600 Test Wickets

Sri Lankan off-spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan joined Shane Warne as the only cricketer to nail 600 Test wickets, ensuring their fierce rivalry moves into another sphere.

He achieved the milestone with his famous ‘doosra’ delivery in the second Test against Bangladesh here, forcing former captain Khaled Mashud (12) to hole out to Lasith Malinga at deep square-leg.

The landmark wicket sparked celebrations from the Sri Lankan players who mobbed their star bowler, completing the feat 13 years after his Test debut in Colombo against Australia. It also made him the first bowler to pick up 50 wickets against every Test playing nation, cementing his status as the greatest player in Sri Lankan history.

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February 18, 2006

Saqlain signs for Ireland

Saqlain Mushtaq, the former Pakistan offspinner, is set to play for Ireland in this year’s Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy. Saqlain, 29, was confirmed as the first of two overseas cricketers that Ireland plan on signing in the new league format of the one-day game in the United Kingdom.

Saqlain played 49 Tests and 169 one-day internationals for Pakistan, with 208 and 288 wickets respectively. The fastest bowler to reach 100 wickets in one-day cricket, Saqlain has been acknowledged as the first offspinner to master the doosra, the delivery that spins away from the right-handed batsman even though it is delivered with an offspinner’s action. He also played for Surrey for eight seasons before a major knee surgery interrupted his run of success there.

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