Soon after Shane Warne had equalled his world record, Muttiah Muralitharan was hard at work in the nets in Sri Lanka at the same ground where Hong Kong had a prolonged training session yesterday afternoon. Muralitharan - preparing for Sri Lanka's Asia Cup campaign - had watched Warne match the magic number of 527 Test wickets on television. Immediately after the match ended in Cairns - just past noon in Colombo - the Sri Lankan off-spinner came to the Nondescripts Cricket Club (NCC) and bowled at one stump for more than an hour. Asked if he had telephoned Warne to offer his congratulations, Muralitharan said: 'No. I didn't.' Asked if he would be willing to spare a few minutes to talk to the South China Morning Post, he again said no. 'I'm sorry. I have a lot of work to do. It is a busy time for me and I have to prepare. Anyway I can't give interviews unless the Sri Lankan Cricket board agrees. You will have to ask their permission.' Muralitharan also declined a request for a photograph with the Hong Kong squad. His mind was on his bowling. And he was on target more often than not, hitting the solitary stump with deliveries that whizzed off his fingers. 'It would have been nice to have got a picture of Murali with the Hong Kong team. But then again I guess since he is contracted and a professional, one has to go through the right channels,' said Hong Kong skipper Rahul Sharma who, unlike Muralitharan, agreed to an interview with ESPN who will be showing the Asia Cup live.