Lasith Malinga comeback: SL Cricket legend is steadily getting back in the mix as the fast bowler will be meeting the national selectors regarding a discussion for his future plans. Malinga might have been out of action for quite some time now, but is very much in contention of making the list for the ICC T20 World Cup later this year.
Sri Lankan National Committee Chairman Pramodya Wickramasinghe recently confirmed that they will have a talk about the forthcoming T20 fixtures, followed up the World Cup.
“We will talk to Lasith soon. He is in our plans for the forthcoming T20 tours, including the T20 World Cup coming up in October,” Pramodya Wickramasinghe explained.
The Chairman also spoke about how important Lasith Malinga has been for Sri Lanka cricket, and that his presence in the team in the near future could prove to be vital.
“We always should not forget that he is one of the greatest bowlers in our country even in his present form. His records speak for that. There are two back-to-back T20 World Cups that are coming up, this year and next year,” Wickramasinghe further added.
“We are going to discuss our plans with him when we meet him in the next couple of days,” Pramodya Wickramasinghe said.
Lasith Malinga too, weighed in on the matter and spoke about his hunger for the game while representing his nation. The veteran fast bowler did announce his retirement from Tests and ODIs, but is still a valuable option in T20 cricket.
“I have retired from both Test and ODI cricket but not from T20s. I also am keen to know how the selection committee is going to get the services of a senior player like me for the national side. In my career, I have proved on many occasions that I can come back after a long break and perform well for my country,” Lasith Malinga was quoted in an interview to Morning Newspaper.
Malinga did win the T20 World Cup in 2014 by beating India in the finals of the tournament. Him and rest of Sri Lankan Cricket will be hoping to repeat the performance which they had seven years ago. Lasith Malinga has picked up 107 wickets from 85 T20Is for Sri Lanka, and could be vouching for more in the days to come.
Prior to the T20 World Cup, Sri Lanka will be playing hosts to India for three ODIs and five T20Is in July as confirmed by Sourav Ganguly. The former Indian captain and the BCCI President also talked about the difficulty of finding a slot for remaining season of the IPL 2021.
“India is supposed to go to Sri Lanka for three ODIs and five T20Is. There are lots of organizational hazards like 14-day quarantine. It can’t happen in India. This quarantine is tough to handle. Too early to say how we can find a slot to complete the IPL,” Ganguly said.