Star bowler Lasith Malinga had told Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) officials yesterday that he has still not decided whether he would represent the local Southern Express team or the IPL team Mumbai Indians at the forthcoming Champions’ League tournament.
Malinga had asked several top officials who met the Sri Lanka T20 skipper on the sidelines of the Test match when he visited the SLC why they let Tillekratne Dilshan, a key member of his Southern team play for Surrey instead of the local Super Fours tournament, if they felt the local tournament was important.
Malinga had also told officials that he was not bothered about money but had asked them to remunerate the members of his local team decently if they wished him to lead them to the tournament. He has spoken emotionally about his teammates who would only paid a pittance and had said if the local officials are serious about the tournament and Sri Lankan team’s prospects they should looks after all players well. The officials however have reportedly turned down Malinga’s request. Malinga stands to lose more than Rs. 20 millions if he chooses to play for the local team.
SLC should allow Malinga to decide...he is paid for his talent..so he can decide which side to play.
Mark Raz Saturday, 26 July 2014 05:30 AM
let him to play in the IPL rather than here, IPL is the prominent game in the world... cricket board and certain individual jealous about him & try to revenge
jane Saturday, 26 July 2014 05:46 AM
If politicians can rob the country in billions without a sweat then whats wrong sportsman earning money with their hard work ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Public Saturday, 26 July 2014 06:21 AM
I agree with Pandiths that Malinga should be allowed to decide whom to represent in the forthcoming IPL. Yes, he is free to decide "First come Money then the Country".
Priya Saturday, 26 July 2014 06:36 AM
When Malinga was Injured and out of the team SLC didn't even bother about him. Did not pay him for months. So why he should lose Rs. 20m bcos of these puppets at SLC? Go play for MI.
Proteas Saturday, 26 July 2014 07:33 AM
True he must get that money, he is getting old? This will not affect of his love for SL. He is our T20 Captain.
sobers Saturday, 26 July 2014 07:49 AM
Malinga should play for IPL, He is earning money in a professional and honest way than the "Kudu Billionares" who are turning Srilanka into Kudu lanka.
ib Saturday, 26 July 2014 08:49 AM
Choice is not that clear cut. You should compare like for like. How do you make decisions in your life.
flatwhite Saturday, 26 July 2014 09:46 AM
Thanks to sri lanka Malinga made a mark for him self but of course through lot of hard work and dedication. He is not a loyal cricketer when its come to country or club but more importantly have taken the Ariel root.It does not matter you play or not another person will get an opportunity.
BUSHEL Saturday, 26 July 2014 11:33 AM
No one can say anything to him. By playing IPL he is not risking the lives of the Sri Lankans. Love for the country should be displayed starts from the politicians who eats the money of the nation and escalates taxes and cost of living .
dulan Sunday, 27 July 2014 02:39 AM
This is good all the comments in support of Malinga .I agree too
jayantha Sunday, 27 July 2014 04:39 AM
let him bring some money ti Sri Lanka
Suq Madique Sunday, 27 July 2014 11:39 AM
Agree. He should look after his own interest because SLC will not stand by him if he's unable to play and earn a living.
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