Off-spinner Muttaiah Muralitharan has been ruled out of the first Test match against England on May 16.
Muralitharan is currently in Australia under treatment after tearing ligaments in his left shoulder during the Sharjah Cup final against Pakistan in April.
“It is too early to comment on Muralitharan’s availability for the second Test which begins on May 30,” said Niresh Eliyathambi, Media Manager of the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka.
Muralitharan became the first cricketer ever to become the Ceat International Cricketer of the Year twice in succession when he was named the Ceat International Cricketer of the Year 2001-02. Two other Sri Lankans Marvan Atapattu and Sanath Jayasuriya were in third and sixth positions respectively.
He was the youngest bowler to take 400 Test wickets. The Off-spinner has captured five wickets in an innings on nine occasions and ten wickets in a match four times during May 1, 2001 to April 30, 2002.
With 144 points, he was also the Ceat International Bowler of the Year.
Australia was named Ceat International Cricket Team of the Year 2001-02. Sri Lanka is in second place.
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