Sri Lankan rhythm ace Lasith Malinga has decided to retire from franchise cricket and will not be available for the Indian Premier League.
The Sri Lankan speedster informed the Mumbai Indians about his decision earlier this month, making himself unavailable for the champion team’s retention wishlist.
“The management of the Mumbai Indians respect the decision of Lasith Malinga and therefore he is not part of the club’s 18-member retention team announced today,” the franchise said in a statement.
On his decision, Lasith Malinga said: “After talking with the family, I think the time has come to retire from any cricket franchise. The pandemic situation and travel restrictions will make it difficult for me given my personal circumstances to fully participate in franchise cricket for next year and so it is best to make this decision now.
“I have discussed the same with the leadership of the Mumbai Indians over the past few days as they prepare for the next auction and they have been very cooperative and understanding. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Ambani family, everyone at the Mumbai Indians franchise and all of our fans for these wonderful 12 years, ”said Malinga, who has been an integral part of IPL.
“The Mumbai Indians treated me like family, supporting me 100% in all situations, on and off the pitch, and always giving me the confidence and freedom to play my natural game whenever I walked on the field. ground …
Malinga, who has played in a staggering 122 IPL games, has 170 wickets to his name, the league’s highest cash-rich, with the best bowling numbers of 5-13. He missed IPL in 2020 for personal reasons. The franchise replaced him with James Pattinson.
“I have collected so many great memories that I treasure and am so grateful to have played for so long for the best franchise in world cricket. I would like to wish Ms. Nita Ambani, Coach Mahela (Jayawardene), Akash (Ambani) and the MI family all the best for the coming season, ”said Malinga.
Akash Ambani, owner of Mumbai Indians, said: “Malinga has been at the heart of Mumbai Indians for 12 years. We respect his decision, although I would have liked him to participate in our bowling attack for another 5 years. “
“Malinga is an MI legend. His contributions to the Mumbai Indians journey are invaluable. Wankhede’s singing will be missed, but he will always be at the heart of all MI fans. Among the Mumbai Indians, Malinga will always be a part of the MI family and we hope we can continue to build on their experience without playing in the future. “
In the past, Malinga had worked with the franchise as a bowling coach.