Veteran fast bowler Lasith Malinga will most likely part ways with his longstanding Indian Premier League franchise Mumbai Indians as the side plans to release the player due to his lack of form in the recent past.
Malinga only managed to pick 11 wickets in 12 appearances in this year’s IPL but Mumbai went on to with the tournament with former Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardena as head coach.
However, the Mumbai Indians will have the option of resigning the slinga during the player auction – a move they are not ruling out. Malinga has played for Mumbai from the very first IPL and if the side intends to buy or retain the player, it will mark his 10th year in the money-rich tournament.
“As per the rules, every team can preserve maximum four to five players, Mumbai Indians team management is on the opinion to release the Slinga Malinga. The Mumbai Indians can also buy him back, but as far as the auction is concerned, it looks like Lasith Malinga will find himself in the pool of players up for grabs,” said a source close to the Mumbai Indians (Cricket Age).
Regardless of the late dip in form, Lasith Malinga is still the highest wicket taker in the league with 154 scalps in just 110 matches. He also played a key part in mentoring India’s leading limited over bowler Jasprit Bumrah who came up the ranks after some breathtaking spells for the Mumbai Indians.
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