Muttiah Muralitharan back at Gloucestershire for T20s

Muttiah Muralitharan has confirmed that he will be returning to Gloucestershire for the 2012 Friends Life Twenty20 competition.

Muralitharan, who retired from international cricket after the 2011 World Cup final, joined the Club last season and played in 15 FL t20 games, proving a huge attraction.

He was Gloucestershire’s joint most-successful bowler in the Friends Provident t20 last season, with 12 wickets

“I thoroughly enjoyed my first FL t20 season with Gloucestershire and I am looking forward to returning to the Club,” Murali said.

Gloucestershire’s director of cricket, John Bracewell, said “As a side we are delighted that Murali is returning.

“His experience was invaluable last year, but given the shortness of the t20 game and the amount of rain-affected matches we had, we did not see the best of what he can offer.

“I know our players gained a great deal from having Murali in and around our dressing room.

“His enthusiasm and love for the game, combined with his exceptional skills, are something that will draw any crowd.”

Gloucestershire’s 2012 Friends Life Twenty20 campaign gets off to an exciting start with a Thursday night clash against Somerset on 14 June.

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