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Malinga rejects returning in country for IPL responsibility

Sri Lanka’s premier pace bowler Lasith Malinga hampered his chances to be called for the national team by rejecting to come back in the country followed by an ultimatum issued by SLC.

In a video message, Malinga clearly said, “My obligations with Mumbai Indians will come to an end at 25th or 26th of May. After that, I will free to exercise or take part in any game as per demand of SLC. And I hope if I could prove myself with performance, selectors will consider me once again for the national team.”

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Earlier SLC CEO Ashley de Silva said, “We have informed Lasith that he has been selected. If he doesn’t play the Inter-Provincial tournament, it is unlikely that the selectors will consider him.”

SLC President Thilanga Sumathipala said on Tuesday, “The selectors will have to make a call in case Lasith doesn’t play any domestic cricket.”

“I do believe that we can make use of him for T20 Internationals. We wouldn’t have had any problem had he been playing matches at the IPL, but the issue is that he is on the bench,” remarked Sumathipala.

Sri Lanka have a bilateral home series coming up against South Africa that consists of five one day international matches and T20I. The tour will start with a two match Test series.

Malinga last played for Sri Lanka more than seven months ago in the home series against India. After being rejected in the IPL auction from any franchises, Malinga is now working as a bowling mentor for Mumbai Indian.

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