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Monday, June 30, 2008
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Murali targets Akram's feat

Sri Lanka's spin wizard Muttiah Muralidaran said his immediate target at international level is to overhaul Pakistani bowler Wasim Akram's world record of one-day wickets.

"I want to take 30-odd wickets to get to Wasim's world record in one-day cricket and try out for 1,000 wickets in Tests," Muralidaran said before his team's crucial Super League match against hosts Pakistan in the Asia Cup.

The off-spinner already holds the record for most Test wickets with, 735 in 120 matches and needs 37 more to overhaul Wasim's long standing one-day record of 502 wickets.

The 36-year-old Sri Lankan, regarded as one of the greatest spinners ever, said he is at a stage of his career where he takes it match by match.

"I love this game, so I want to play on but it would depend on my fitness and how I contribute to the team's performance. That is very important for me because you must contribute to the team's performances," he said.

He added that the game -- with three demanding forms of Twenty20, 50-over one-day cricket and five-day Tests -- has become more demanding.

"I have played all forms of the game and I admit that its getting tougher not because I am getting older but there are lots of expectations in a tight schedule.

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