SL still top priority for Lasith Malinga

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Lasith Malinga said today that he will be available for all national commitments, even though he may choose not to sign a contract with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).

Malinga is likely be offered a contract that is 60-percent less than what players in the same top-level category earn, as he no longer plays Test cricket. Although unlikely, if he does accept, Sri Lanka’s number-one fast bowler will be tied to a SLC contract for US$ 40,000.

Non-contracted players earn an extra 25-percent in match fees and daily allowances. They are also not bound by SLC’s restrictive clauses, which prevent players from speaking to the media or leaving Sri Lanka on personal travel without SLC approval.
The 28-year-old said today, that contrary to recent media reports suggesting he had declined to sign a contract with SLC this year, he had not yet been offered a contract to refuse.

“No contracts have been offered yet for this year for any of the players,” Malinga told Island Cricket today from Colombo.

“But whether I decide to play with or without [a] contract, does not really matter as I am still 100-percent available for selection for all ODI and T20 commitments for Sri Lanka just like I was last year.”

Malinga played as a non-contracted player from March 2011 - February 2012 but made himself available for all of Sri Lanka’s limited-over fixtures. He turned down offers last year to play in tournaments in Australia, South Africa and England.

After breaking down midway through a Test series against India in 2010, Malinga chose to prolong his injury-prone career by playing just ODIs and T20s. He announced his retirement from Test cricket in 2011, much to the wrath of local media and fans, who accused Malinga of being driven by money and giving limited-over cricket, including the Indian Premier League (IPL), more prominence than Test cricket.

In an interview with Island Cricket last year, Malinga explained that in the lead-up to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 it was decided by team management to not risk bowling him in Test cricket. However, post-World Cup, with changes to the selection panel and Duleep Mendis at the helm, the attitude of the selectors had changed.

Mendis, who has since been replaced by Ashantha de Mel, ordered the bowler to return to Sri Lanka from the IPL last year if he could not make himself available for Sri Lanka’s Test tour to England, which forced Malinga to hastily announce his retirement from the five-day game.

While announcing his Test retirement, Malinga told reporters SLC had failed to renew his contract and “there was no other source of income” when he was injured in 2008 and unable to play for 16 months as a result.

“The administrators did not bother to look into my well-being and this created a doubt about the future of my career,” he said at the time.

“With such a bad experience, how can I look forward to trust the SLC administrators?”
Malinga is currently in Sri Lanka after returning from the IPL with a sore back. He expects to return to India later this week. (Source: islandcricket)

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  • who cares? Tuesday, 24 April 2012 05:25 AM

    ok he should make monwy when hs is wanted.

    Kondebandapucheena Tuesday, 24 April 2012 05:37 AM

    Bottom Line Country Before self No mater what

    Rosh Tuesday, 24 April 2012 06:01 AM

    Seems he is gonna lose his IPL contract soon !!! and trying to establish his place atleast hr

    Suranimala Wednesday, 25 April 2012 05:47 AM

    You have been pretty expensive during batting power plays. Improve on that and your body language if not you might hit the bad patch of decline.

    absurd Tuesday, 24 April 2012 07:52 AM

    Ask him to go fly a kite on Galle Face. we do not need players who pick and choose what they want to play, just forget him and groom some young players who will soon fit into his place. If he had played under Arjuna he would have been a much better player and man too....

    NAREN Tuesday, 24 April 2012 07:45 AM

    it is like Srilankan MP's saying i will contest under UNP without signing a contract, but join the UPFA after the election.
    All this can happen only in the new "Wonder of Asia"

    rangith Tuesday, 24 April 2012 07:45 AM

    if u compare his last couple of performances for sl the his ipl permanence anyone will see which one he prefers to play!!! $ 1.1 million vs $40,000...

    Lucky Tuesday, 24 April 2012 07:30 AM

    Ane, Ami........uba wage modayek!!! Loku scool walata giya paliyatama wadhagath wenawada???? Anna ara Chilaw waladee oya wadhagath kiyana schoolka ekek, minihekawa happala maruweee.......
    School has nothing to do with ones actions!!!!

    ravi Tuesday, 24 April 2012 07:55 AM

    Your correct only international can make our life comfortable better to depend on them.

    Vik Tuesday, 24 April 2012 07:56 AM

    Malinga is very correct. He's a professional sportsman and he has to earn his living by playing cricket. With the treatment he has received when he was injured, he's being more than honerable by giving national duty top prority. Infact only SLC is to blame for reducing his test carrior. Had they played smart SL could might still have him available for test cricket. Don't think MI will eaven dream of letting him go with his current form.

    johnston Tuesday, 24 April 2012 08:09 AM

    Moda Putha lost his head. He will not last long,his name will fade away very soon.

    Nihal Tuesday, 24 April 2012 08:45 AM

    Nothing for free, Malinga don't be a discount player.

    PANDUAGAIN Friday, 27 April 2012 08:41 AM

    Malinga is our Chris Gail, the only srilankan mega star who can create high enthusiasm among fans. HE IS ALREADY BIGGER THAN jAYASURIYA, but without political backing. He has a right to retire from test cricket, and negotiate a contract fee, going by what SLC's Nishantha Ranatunga says about making money with cricket. I will not watch cricket if he is not in our team. We all have doubts about the present SLC. Congrats Malinga. Grow up SLC!

    Pradeep Tuesday, 24 April 2012 04:09 AM

    What Malinga did was absolutely correct

    Ami Tuesday, 24 April 2012 04:03 AM

    Malinga has already lost a lot of Sri Lankan fans due to his unfriendly proud actions to them. When all other players including Mahela & others could shake hands & take photos staying shoulder to shoulder, he stays away from everyone at a distance. Some say this is because he didn't come from any reputed schools as the others did. Or may be his sudden undeserved fame closed his eyes. He has now become Bombaywala, since they say upna Malinga ( our Malinga).
    Time will tell him Mumbai or Sri Lanka?

    shace-UK Tuesday, 24 April 2012 09:13 AM

    Malinga People talk against you because of jealousy!! what you did is 100% correct. wheather its adminstrators, politicians or any top management of a company all have the same attitude in SL, its called hire and fire!!! if they dont care for you why should you!!! make money save and look after your family mate!!! I will always support you!!!

    Bigfoot Tuesday, 24 April 2012 04:19 AM

    Looks like he is no longer wanted in the IPL. Had the same feeling when I switched jobs.

    Fayad Tuesday, 24 April 2012 04:37 AM

    I totally agree with Malinga because of certain administrators some cricketers has to retire hurt, some under performing players were able to play for decades
    This politically motivated administration will ruin not only cricket all sports.

    Mat Houston Tuesday, 24 April 2012 05:24 PM

    Why your support is important to him ? LOL

    manomano Tuesday, 24 April 2012 05:26 PM

    form is temporary : we shall hear the same fellow blaming Sri Lankans for all his woes when the chips are down. Motivation is a key in any team sport to perform well . the lesser talented did well in the recent past.

    iz Tuesday, 24 April 2012 04:47 AM

    You cant totally blame him. After all they didnt pay any of the cricketers salaries until the international community brought it to their attention.

    shell Tuesday, 24 April 2012 06:11 PM

    do what our politicans do, first the money, then country

    neil john Tuesday, 24 April 2012 05:07 AM

    This is a IPL banal talk !!

    shay Tuesday, 24 April 2012 04:47 AM

    All this drama because of IPL..

    jeraj Tuesday, 24 April 2012 06:49 PM

    Saminda Eranga can be replace for him

    Coconut Donkey Tuesday, 24 April 2012 10:15 AM

    let me apologize on behalf of Malinga for not behaving as YOU expect him to.. idiot!

    ss Tuesday, 24 April 2012 06:43 PM

    you dumb moron, an accident won't define one's charactor


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