He has retired from Tests but 38-year-old Muttiah Muralidaran isn't taking it easy. The Sri Lanka spinner is in Papua New Guinea promoting the game and creating AIDS awareness as part of the ICC's promotional activities. He took ten minutes out from his busy schedule to speak with AR Hemant on phone.
Q: The ICC Cricket World Cup is returning to the sub-continent. How according to you has ODI cricket changed in the last 14 years?
Not much has changed in terms of strategy. You still have to plan according to the situation.
Q: The 1996 Sri Lankan team was a perfect one with players for nearly every role. How does it compare to the current side?
We will be playing in home conditions and we will give everyone a good fight. One can't compare eras and teams. The 1996 team was a great one, but this side is looking good too.
Q: This being an ICC Cricket World Cup in the sub-continent, spinners will have a huge role to play. How should they strategise?
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