Muttiah Muralitharan, the most prolific wicket-taker in the history of international cricket, believes the teams most capable of bowling spin - and playing well against it - will be the ones to excel at the fast approaching ICC World Twenty20.
The 2014 of the World Twenty20 will be hosted on the slow wickets of Bangladesh, beginning on March 16, seemingly providing the teams from the sub-continent with an something of an edge over those more accustomed to firm pitches, on which they are able to welcome the ball onto the bat.
Home advantage makes Bangladesh a greater threat than they have ever been in previous World Twenty20 tournaments, but Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India also have the tools with which they can perform to distinction.
Muralitharan feels these nations are those most suited to make the most of the conditions the likes of Chittagong and Dhaka will present, although the Sri Lankan icon will not discount West Indies from defending their title, given they way they approach spin with both bat and ball.
“I think whoever plays spin well and bowls with spin will win the tournament because those wickets are very, very low and slow,” Muralitharan told GiveMeSport when asked who thinks will triumph at the World Twenty20.
“It’s not going to be a fast a furious wicket – it will just be slow and spinning. The sub-continent teams are used to those kind of conditions, plus the West Indies have got the spin attack plus they can play spin well.”
The opening match of the tournament will take place on Sunday week, with Bangladesh hosting Afghanistan at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur.