Lasith Malinga was requested to return to Sri Lanka to take part in the Super Provincial One Day International Tournament which commenced today in venues across the island.
He was told that the only way he could get back into the team was by playing domestic cricket.
However, prior to the announcement Malinga affirmed that he will not be returning to Sri Lanka until the end of his ongoing mentoring stint with Indian Premier League franchise Mumbai Indians.
Malinga was part of the Mumbai Indians side for a decade and was also named in the all-time IPL XI. However, lack of form forced him out of the Mumbai Indians side this year. Mustafizur Rahman was picked as his replacement.
“The selectors wanted him back, and he has to play domestic cricket according to them. We’re playing our white-ball tournament, and 50-over and T20. I’m sure before the next international engagement which is South Africa and then the Asia Cup and so forth, he needs to play T20 games and 50 overs. If Lasith is not playing a domestic tournament, the selectors will have to make a call,” said SLC President Thilanga Sumathipala.
Lasith Malinga was surprisingly dropped from the Twenty20 side despite doing well for the national team last year. He was not picked for the Nidahas Trophy as well.
However, in a recent video, Malinga emotionally described the unfair situation and revealed his desire to play against South Africa later this year.
Meanwhile, SLC CEO Ashley De Silva assured Malinga was still in their plans ahead of the ICC World Cup in 2019.
“He has made himself available for selection and selectors have also picked him to play in one of the provinces. He hasn’t given any indication that he would be retiring, neither have the selectors given him an indication that they would not be considering him. So therefore if he performs well domestically he will be considered,” De Silva said.
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