Lasith Malinga likely to play for IPL?

2019-03-25 at 18:02

Lasith Malinga is likely to play at least two early-season games for Mumbai Indians in the IPL after the BCCI asked Sri Lanka Cricket to make the paceman available for as much of the tournament as possible.

Cricinfo reported that Malinga is likely to be available for selection for Mumbai’s next two matches, both away games – on March 28 against Royal Challengers Bangalore and on March 30 against Kings XI Punjab.

Malinga is then likely to return to Sri Lanka to feature in the Super Provincial One-Day Tournament before rejoining Mumbai after April 10.

SLC and its selectors had earlier insisted that only players who participate in the weeklong one-day competition would be eligible for selection to the World Cup squad. They had also named Malinga captain of the Galle team for that tournament.

A call from the BCCI over the past three days has prompted SLC to climb down from their position.

It is as-yet unclear whether Malinga will return to Sri Lanka to play in the one-day tournament, or if he will remain in the IPL throughout.

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