Malinga hints at retiring before World Cup 2019
Experienced Sri Lankan campaigner Lasith Malinga has “almost decided” to bid adieuto the international cricket. A recent message in Sinhala language read “api bima naevata piyava gaeniata samat ve tanapativarayet. deviyan vaanse mata pitupasin ma sahaya kala siyalu denatama asirvada”.
(Translating it to English: “we won’t be able to meet again on the ground. God bless to everyone who was behind me and supporting me. Blessings”) he sent to the player groups.”
Well, the timing of his message is something to consider as the message he sent in the WhatsApp group was at 11.22 in the morning which was exactly an hour after he had a call from Sri Lanka chief selector Ashantha de Mel.
As per the sources, Ashantha de Mel asked him about his availability without confirming him about the captaincy. This may be the reason that has led him to send the message in the Whatsapp group.
“Not sure what he means but hints out of pulling out. Malinga should have known that playing for the country is more important than the captaincy”, a senior official attached with the SLC said. “He lost 13 out of 14 matches he captained”.
The selectors may include Lasith Malinga in the team till he “officially” backs out. “Will have enough time to replace him, if he is selected but back out”, one of the sources said to this reporter.
Speaking of which, the main idea was to select the team first and captain thereafter. Needless to say, the widespread speculations in media forced the selectors to name captain Dimuth Karunaratne one day before.