Just a few hours left for IPL’s advent, and Mumbai Indians have suffered a big blow before their first game.
Lasith Malinga has ruled himself out from the first six games of the IPL for Mumbai Indians. The reason being due to Sri Lankan Cricket board conducting a Super Provincial One Day national tournament for players to qualify for upcoming World Cup squad.
Malinga has stated his commitment to the Sri Lankan team and is not worried about losing some money in the IPL.
According to the Malinga’s statement given to ESPNcricinfo:
“I had asked the board for the No-Objection Certificate for me to play in the IPL, and they had said that was fine, but that all players who want to go to the World Cup would need to stay back for the provincial tournament. So I told them I’d play in the provincial tournament, and I asked the board to inform Mumbai Indians and IPL since it was their decision. I’m ok with losing those earnings from IPL. I’m doing it for the country.”
Lasith Malinga was the current captain of the Sri Lankan team against South Africa where they suffered a whitewash by 5-0. The chances are that the selectors might consider both Angelo Mathews and Dimuth Karunaratne for the captaincy, primarily due to Malinga’s woeful record as an ODI captain.
When we talk about the status of the Mumbai Indians, it would be a tough job for the MI team management to find a quick replacement for Malinga because he not only brings his excellent skills to the team but also a handful of experience.
MI will be focussed on starting this IPL on a winning note, but things have already started to shake a bit for them. It will be exciting to see how MI compensates for Malinga in the first match.