Under the first set up of Sri Lankan new national team coach Chandika Hathurusingha, the island nation’s pace legend Lasith Malinga has been dropped from the 23 men preliminary squad selected for the forthcoming Bangladesh tour.
Frustratingly enough for the fast bowling maestro, he is attending the practice sessions as a net bowler in the ongoing preparation camp.
However Malinga did not camouflage his abjection in this regard, said, “I came because, when I started playing cricket whenever there was a national team practice they needed net bowlers. I came in the capacity of a net bowler.”
“If they pick me I’m ready, but the reason for why I haven’t been picked is what I’m still waiting for,” Malinga said.
“Usually it’s a player who is 25 or 26 that needs to be rested because they still have a lot of cricket left in them. But for someone of my age, from what I know, there’s really no purpose in being rested. We can only play cricket for another one or two years anyway, but if we’re rested then we won’t get to play cricket, so what’s the point?” he added.
The 34 year old pacer also told, “For the 14 years I’ve been playing cricket, it’s the first year in which I haven’t been able to pick up many wickets. And in those 13 matches, 12 catches have been dropped off my bowling. But in the end, the man who bowled the ball to create a catching opportunity is out,”