Sri Lanka allows Lasith Malinga to play for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2019

first_imgSri Lanka allows Lasith Malinga to play for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2019IPL 2019: Mumbai Indians received a great boost after Sri Lanka decided to allow Lasith Malinga to participate in the 2019 season of the Indian Premier League.advertisement Rasesh Mandani MumbaiMarch 26, 2019UPDATED: March 26, 2019 21:02 IST Sri Lanka allowed Lasith Malinga to play in the IPL for Mumbai Indians (Mumbai Indians Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLasith Malinga will be avaiable for Mumbai Indians in Indian Premier LeagueSri Lanka decided to release Malinga from participating in domestic ODIsMahela Jaywardene helped facilitate the decision with back channel talksMumbai Indians fretting over Jasprit Bumrah’s fitness have received a boost with news coming in from Sri Lanka that Lasith Malinga will be available for the upcoming IPL games.”SLC decided to give permission to Lasith Malinga to play in the ongoing IPL. The management decided to release Malinga from participating in the Super Provincial; since he would get an opportunity to play with much stronger opposition in IPL; which consist of international players,” read a statement from Sri Lanka Cricket.Earlier Malinga’s IPL availability was under a cloud with the Sri Lankan cricket board insisting on all players participating in a domestic Super Provincial one day tournament (scheduled between April 4-11) to stay in contention for the World Cup.But back channel talks between Sri Lanka cricket, BCCI and Mumbai Indians coached by Mahela Jaywardene has done the trick.SLC Chief selector Ashantha de Mel was earlier quoted saying that Malinga’s place in the World Cup bound squad is guaranteed, so he is free to participate in the IPL.”We have no issues if he goes to IPL – the board had given him a no-objection certificate already, so he’s free to go. Anyway he has been one of our best bowlers in one dayers, so there’s no question about his place in the team,” Mel said.”Anyway he has been one of our best bowlers in one dayers, so there’s no question about his place in the team,” Mel added.With Bumrah’s workload under a scanner, particularly following his on field injury during the Mumbai Indians opening game, he could be seen sitting out in some IPL games. The original freak genius Malinga who has played mentor to Bumrah over the years for the franchise is expected to take a key bowling role again in the Rohit Sharma led side.advertisementAlso Read | I was under Kohli and de Villiers’s shadow at RCB, at KXIP I am No.1: RahulFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Lasith MalingaFollow IPL 2019Follow Sri LankaFollow MIFollow Mumbai Indianslast_img

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