Removal of Murali’s name: Mahanayake intervenes
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.