In a big boost for the defending champions, Sri Lankan speedster Lasith Malinga has joined the Mumbai Indians squad on Friday (April 15). However, there's no clarity on his fitness or when he is likely to start playing.
The pacer has recently grappled with fitness issues, his absence having its repercussions on Sri Lanka's defence of the recently-concluded Asia Cup and ICC World T20. Malinga featured in just the first game against the UAE in the Asia Cup in Bangladesh, before returning home due to an injury.
He relinquished his captaincy and even travelled to India for the World T20, but couldn't regain fitness and returned home after playing in two warm-up fixtures.
Earlier, there were reports that Sri Lanka Cricket was reluctant to give the pacer a No Objection Certificate (NOC). "He can't go without our permission. If he defies us and goes, he can only return after sitting on the bench," Tilanga Sumathipala, the SLC chief, had said.
Ricky Ponting, the head coach of Mumbai Indians, had acknowledged that the pacer will join the squad after the first two games but will miss the first half of the tournament.
"I believe he will be joining us after the first couple of games to have his fitness assessed," Ponting. "Right now it's unlikely he will take part in the first half of the tournament anyway."
Malinga has played 98 matches in the Indian Premier League picking up 143 wickets at an average of 17.80. He has played seven seasons so far for Mumbai Indians after missing the first season due to an injury. (Cricbuzz)
Be Fair Saturday, 16 April 2016 10:24 PM
So proud that he is "Representing Sri Lanka" at the IPL. Great Recovery.
Leo Saturday, 16 April 2016 10:34 PM
Malinga does not represent Sri Lanka he represents himself and Tendulka. He sacrificed playing for the country so that he will be fit for the IPL. Shame on him and shame to the BCCSL for not having a spine strong enough to disallow him playing for the IPL. via DM Android App
Cricket Fan Sunday, 17 April 2016 06:23 AM
It is money and money that is behind everything.. via DM Android App
Jagath Leanage Sunday, 17 April 2016 07:25 AM
Aravinda, you are great. You predicted this.
Jagath Leanage Sunday, 17 April 2016 07:28 AM
I cant stop laughing.
Channa Sunday, 17 April 2016 08:19 AM
He is a precious son of Moter Lanka who brings so much of foreign currency. Countrý benifits from the tax he pays our nation.
R. Wijewira Sunday, 17 April 2016 10:49 AM
Need to check his name in the Panama papers.
Indika Sunday, 17 April 2016 12:13 PM
"Dan mage kakula tikak hodahai kiyahanko"...LOL!
clueless Sunday, 17 April 2016 12:51 PM
Its his talent he is should be able to get the best reward for it. better than professionals who had free education in sri lanka and serving foreign countries. via DM Android App
Dayawathie Sunday, 17 April 2016 12:53 PM
We are very proud of you Malinga and good luck. Hope you get buckets of wickets. Don't worry about all those jealous distractors. You are a hero for us who bring much needed foreign exchange for this poor island of ours. These keyboard heros can hide in their little rooms and type whatever they like. Go Malinga go.
raj Sunday, 17 April 2016 02:19 PM
He has earned the money in a legal way, unlike the plotocoans who had swindled the national treasures who are being still praised by the people,
MT Sunday, 17 April 2016 02:24 PM
SLC should drop him completely.
clueless Sunday, 17 April 2016 03:20 PM
no need to drop him he has dropped SLC. via DM Android App
Sunil Dharmakeerthi Sunday, 17 April 2016 03:32 PM
Let him earn some money . It is his talent that he uses to earn a living. All talented sportsmen should be allowed to earn their living wherever and whenever they can.
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