Re­moval of Mu­rali’s name: Ma­hanayake in­ter­venes

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

The Ma­hanayake of the Mal­watte Chap­ter, Ven­er­a­ble Tib­bo­tuwawe Sri Su­man­gala Thera, is to take up with Sports Min­is­ter Dayasiri Jayasek­era as to why the name board of Mut­tiah Mu­ralitha­ran, the world’s high­est wicket taker was re­moved from the Pallekele Sta­dium.

The cham­pion bowler’s fa­ther Sin­nasami Mut­tiah had in­formed the Ma­hanayake per­son­ally that the name board had been re­moved with­out a valid rea­son. The sta­dium was named af­ter Mut­tiah Mu­raltha­ran fol­low­ing a unan­i­mous res­o­lu­tion by the Cen­tral Pro­vin­cial Coun­cil in recog­ni­tion of his achieve­ment of more than 800 Test wick­ets, by far the high­est in world cricket his­tory.

When the Sun­day Times con­tacted Mr. Mu­ralitha­ran’s fa­ther, he said he felt sorry that there were peo­ple of this na­ture who re­moved name boards honouring peo­ple who brought so much glory to the coun­try.

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