Sri Lanka’s retiring Muralitharan says his time is up

NEW DELHI, July 7, 2010 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s world bowling record holder Muttiah Muralitharan said on Wednesday he was retiring from Test cricket because he had nothing left to strive for. “I have achieved what I wanted to achieve. There is nothing left or any target to reach,” the 38-year-old told the Mumbai-based Daily News and Analysis (DNA) newspaper.

Muralitharan will quit Test cricket after the first Test against India starting in Galle on July 18, but may be available for next year’s limited-overs World Cup.

The off-spinner, affectionately known as Murali, is the most successful bowler in history with record hauls in both Test (792) and one-day (515) cricket.

The island’s cricket governing body said Muralitharan had the blessing of President Mahinda Rajapakse to retire early, although the bowler had previously said he wanted to continue until the home series against the West Indies in November.

“I was thinking about it for a long time and wanted to retire after playing the West Indies,” Muralitharan told DNA.

“However, I did not want to keep so many talented youngsters waiting. I changed my decision and thought why not retire against India since they