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Malinga bids adieu to franchise cricket

Sri Lankan pace bowling legend Lasith Malinga has retired from franchise cricket ahead of IPL 2021 auctions.

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Malinga has been released from the Mumbai Indians squad alongside Mitchell McClenaghan, James Pattinson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Sherfane Rutherford, Prince Balwant Rai and Digivijay Deshmukh.

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Malinga is Mumbai’s all-time best bowler having picked 170 wickets in 122 matches for the franchise in IPL.

“After discussing with family, I think now is the right time to retire from all franchise cricket. The pandemic situation and the restrictions on travel will make it difficult for me given my personal circumstances to participate fully in franchise cricket for the next year and therefore it is best to make this decision now,” Malinga said.

“I have discussed the same with Mumbai Indians management in recent days as they prepare for the upcoming auction and they have been very supportive and understanding. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Ambani family, everyone at the Mumbai Indians franchise and all our fans for the wonderful 12 years.

“Mumbai Indians has treated me like family, supporting me 100 % in every situation both on and off the field, and always giving me the confidence and the freedom to play my natural game whenever I walked onto the field.

“I have collected so many happy memories that I cherish and I am very grateful to have played for so long for the best franchise in world cricket. I would like to wish Mrs Nita Ambani, coach Mahela (Jayawardene), Akash (Ambani) and the MI family all the best for the upcoming season.”

Malinga opted out of Mumbai campaign in 2020 due to personal reasons.

The 37-year-old retired from ODIs in 2019 against Bangladesh, during a series just after the World Cup. His participation in the 2021 T20 World Cup in India is still unconfirmed.

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