Malinga to retire from international cricket after 2020 Twenty20 World Cup
One of the finest pacer in recent times Sri Lankan great Lasith Malinga will retire from international cricket after next year’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia.
“I want to play in the T20 World Cup and after that end my profession,” the 35-year-old told AFP after the second T20 against South Africa.
He additionally affirmed that the inevitable 2019 ICC World Cup will be his last 50-over competition for the national team, post which he will just concentrate on the T20 to get ready for one year from now’s Twenty20 World Cup which occur in October-November. “After the World Cup, my cricketing profession is finishing,” he said after the match.
Generally perceived as a standout amongst the most troublesome demise bowlers in the world, Malinga had got his 97th T20I wicket on Friday as he expelled top-scorer Reeza Hendricks for 65. He currently stands just a single shy of equalling previous Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi’s record of 98 international wickets in Twenty20.
Malinga will currently move his cocentration to the Indian Premier League with Mumbai Indians, despite the fact that Mumbai would need to hang tight to profit from his services as it has been accounted for that the veteran speedster has made himself inaccessible for the initial 6 matches.
According to the report, Malinga has sidelined himself from the IPL 2019 for the initial couple of matches so as to take an interest in Sri Lanka’s Super Provincial One-Day domestic competition which will happen from April 4 to 11.
“I had approached the [Sri Lanka] board for a No-Objection Certificate for me to play in the IPL, and they had said that was fine, yet that all players who need to go to the World Cup would need to remain back for the commonplace competition,” Malinga said.