Lasith Malinga has retired from the cricket franchise, the Mumbai Indians announced Wednesday evening. The Sri Lankan speedster informed the Mumbai Indians of his decision earlier this month, making himself unavailable for the upcoming season and was not selected for the squad.
Speaking of his decision, Malinga, 36, said: “After talking to 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 supportive and understanding,” said Malinga, who was among the Indians. from Mumbai since IPL’s second season.
“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,” he added.
“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 ground, ”he said. by cricbuzz.
“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 wish Ms. Nita Ambani, Coach Mahela (Jayawardene), Akash (Ambani) and the MI family all the best for the coming season, ”he concluded.