Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.
Muthiah Muralitharan has said that he may not be able to play for Sri Lanka for too much longer as the continuous cricket seems to have taken toll on his body. Earlier the ace bowler from Sri Lanka announced his intentions of playing in the 2011 version of the World Cup, and said that he would retire from the test match cricket in order to do that.
However, in the latest chat with the media, he said that there is a chance that he may not be able to even play in the ODIs given his fitness woes. Muralitharan has scalped 788 wickets in test match cricket – updated up to the second test match between India and Sri Lanka at Kanpur – and is the leading wicket-taker in the history of test match cricket. Shane Warne is some distance away at 708 wickets, but he has already announced his retirement from the game, as have the likes of Anil Kumble (number 3 with 619 sticks), Glen McGrath (4th with 563), Courtney Walsh (5th with 519), Kapil Dev (6th with 434), Sir Richard Hadlee (7th with 432), Shaun Pollock (8th with 421), Wasim Akram (9th with 414), and Curtly Ambrose (10th with 405).
The highest ranked bowler who has not yet retired from international cricket so far is Makhaya Ntini who currently has 388 wickets in test match cricket, but for the 32-year-old pace bowler to get anywhere close to Murali’s record looks as doubtful as for Do Bradman to be not called the best ever batsman in the world. India’s Harbhajan Singh is the 18th ranked bowler and the only other in the top twenty to still be playing international cricket but again, it seems highly unlikely that he will get anywhere close to Murali, as he has only 337 wickets.
Unsurprisingly, Murali also holds the record for the most number of wickets in ODIs with 512. Brett Lee with 324 wickets ranks the next best amongst those who have yet to retire from the game, and he is at number eight position.