Malinga firm on his retirement plan
By Bipin Dani
Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga has confirmed and conveyed his retirement decision to the Sri Lanka Cricket president Shammi Silva Monday evening, it is learnt here.
According to the highly placed sources close to the president, Malinga has made it clear that he would not play any ODI after the first match against Bangladesh on July 26.
“He has expressed his inability to play IDUs because he feels being tired.
Malinga’s firm decision is likely to be announced soon.
He, however, would continue to play the T-20s till the next year World Cup.
“His meeting with the president lasted for more than 90 minutes and one of the selectors, who was also present in the meeting tried to persuade to play two more matches but Malinga was firm in his decision”, the source further added.
Though, May 26 will not be his last appearance on the field in the international match, he will be given a farewell he deserved”, the source further added.
“He has served country for more than 15 years and can’t deprive him off the celebrations”, the source further added.
Malinga’s 90-minute interaction was not only restricted to his retirement subject, but the SLC chief also discussed how the team can work with his help and guidance in future a
lthough, no specific role has been offered to him at present.