In recognition of Mutiiah Muralitharan’s record breaking bowling achievements, Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium will be named as Muttiah Muralitharan Cricket Stadium and this decision has been taken by the Kundasale Pradeshiya Sabha recently. This was stated by Erik Prasanna Weerawardena, the Private Secretary of the President, Maithripala Sirisena in a letter addressed to Dayasiri Jayasekera, the Minister of Sports on December 21, 2016. Weerawardena’s has stated that Muralitharan’s father. S.Muthiah has also requested for this from the President by a letter sent by him on the January 3, 2017.
Weerawardena has further requested from the Secretary of the Ministry of Sports on the 19 th of Junuary 2017 to name the Pallekelle Stadium as Muthiah Muralitharan Stadium.
A similar letter relevant to that was sent by D.M.Swaminathan, Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, re-settlement & Religious affairs to the Minister of Sports on September 7, 2017.
Muttiah Muralitharan, former Test Cricketer was a legend in the Central Province who is a product of St.Anthony’s College, Katugastota.
Cricket lovers all over the Island appreciate the service Mutiiah Muralitharan has done for,Sri Lanka and no sports loving person will object to naming the Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium in his name.