Murali to quit after World Cup

Record-breaking Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan said Friday he would retire from international cricket after the 2011 World Cup.

“This World Cup will be my last outing,” Muralitharan, 38, told reporters on the sidelines of a training session in Colombo.

“I am retiring totally from international cricket thereafter.” The mega one-day event, co-hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, starts on February 19.

Muralitharan, the world’s leading wicket-taker in both Tests (800) and one-dayers (517), bowed out of Test matches in July last year after the opening match against India in Galle.