Sri Lankan star bowler Lasith Malinga today said that he had taken the decision to retire from test cricket, before the 2011 World Cup due to his physical condition and injuries and hoped to play in the shorter forms of the games until the next World Cup in 2015.
Addressing a press conference in Colombo Malinga added that he was able to recover faster after bowling 4 overs or 10 overs in T20 and ODI matches rather then after playing 20 to 25 overs per day in Test matches, which some times took two months to recover from.
He further added that it was his dream to play cricket and that he hoped to represent the Sri Lankan Cricket team in the 2012 T20 World Cup as well as the next World Cup in England if he was fit to do so.
Lasith Malinga noted that in 2008 he was sidelined due to his injuries and questioned what guarantee there was that he would be selected to the World Cup. (Daily Mirror online)
The thing he needs to realistic, should have to be done some time ago. 100% agree with Mali, since he got a rare knee injury. The future of Mali will always be benefited by all sri lankans, if he refrain playing test cricket. Good move for the SL Cricket.
UDA Tuesday, 26 April 2011 10:49 AM
fair call by malinga!
willows Tuesday, 26 April 2011 11:10 AM
it is the absolute truth? what guarantee he has if he gets injured???
William Tuesday, 26 April 2011 11:18 AM
The most attacking bowler SL has ever produced! We wish u well Malinga
era Tuesday, 26 April 2011 11:19 AM
He also said he will not be playing in the 2015 World Cup. So only IPL after that ?
Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 26 April 2011 11:22 AM
He is absolutely right. One cannot force a player to play just to satisfy one's ego, however authoritative he may be.
Gavel Tuesday, 26 April 2011 12:06 PM
Malinga has the right to make his own decision.
Lasith Tuesday, 26 April 2011 12:20 PM
I think right decision. We need him for next world cup. He will be a nightmare for batsman who will play in the England in the next WC.
So do not get any risks if required limit 50 day matches as well. Target the next world cup. Best luck !!!!!!
BF Tuesday, 26 April 2011 12:33 PM
No politics. Please !!!! Let him take his own decision. He is the best person to judge based on his current fitness. We wish him play the next world cup 2015.
citizen1 Wednesday, 27 April 2011 03:07 PM
Well said! I wonder people take it so personally and get so worked up. After all Malinga has rights as a person
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