MI replace Lasith Malinga with Australian pacer James Pattinson
Indian premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians have announced the replacement of Lanksn speedster Lasith Malinga. Australian speedster James Pattinson is all set to join the Mumbai Indians team as the replacement for Lasith Malinga for the Dream11 IPL 2020 season.
Meanwhile, Lasith Malinga has pulled himself out of the IPL 2020 citing personal reasons and to be with family back home in Sri Lanka. Therefore, the franchise had to look for an alternative and they ended up having the Australian speedster. The Australian pacer was in the IPL auction back in 2019 , but he was remained unsold at that time.
James Pattinson will join the MI Family currently based in Abu Dhabi within this week. A contract has been signed with the pacer. Mumbai Indians Owner Akash Ambani welcomed James pattinson. Besides he also extended all support to Lasith.
“James is the right fit for us and adds to our pace attack options available at hand especially for the conditions we will play in this season.
”Lasith is a legend and a pillar of MI’s strength. There is no denying the fact that we will miss Lasith’s cricketing acumen this season. However, we fully understand Lasith’s need to be in Sri Lanka with his family during this time.
Mumbai Indians is founded on the values of ‘One Family’ and for us the members of our squad and their wellbeing will always hold utmost importance.We welcome James to our One Family.” Akash Ambani said.