The legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has questioned the reliability of the Sri Lanka Cricket board. Muralitharan has recently turned down an offer of a consultant made to him by Sri Lanka’s Minister of Sports.

However, the spin legend believes that the intention behind the move is not real. Furthermore, Muttiah believes that Sri Lankan cricket wants to make use of the reputed image of its former players in order to help the game grow.

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Muttiah Muralitharan. Credits: Getty Images.

Mahela Jayawardene had also turned down the offer.

In fact, Minister of Sports Faizer Mustapha had appealed to former captains of Sri Lanka to join as consultants. The former players were Aravinda de Silva, Roshan Mahanama, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Muralitharan.

However, players were requested after SLC elections were delayed. SLC elections were supposed to be originally held on May 31.

“I am of the view that it is an insincere, cunning move, more to use us when the cricket administration is in such a deplorable state and standby the sentiments that Mahela has expressed not able to trust the system as per his own experience of attempting to resolve pressing issues which was never implemented,” Muralitharan said in a statement.

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Mahela Jayawardene snubs desperate Sri Lanka selectors. Getty Images

“It is sad that National cricketers are not consulted until it (the sport) hits the rock bottom. I would not hesitate to give of my time if I do realize the genuineness and credibility of the administration despite my own professional coaching engagements worldwide,” added Muralitharan.

Furthermore, former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene had also rejected the same offer. Jayawardene said that the recommendations he was presented were not executed.

“With all due respect to the selectors and Sports Minister, I have spent one year in the Cricket Committee and six months in a special advisory committee and no recommendations were implemented. I don’t have any trust in the system. If anyone wants to buy time pleases don’t use us,” Jayawardene had tweeted