IPL 2018: Lasith Malinga: “I don’t think I will play international cricket anymore”

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Lasith Malinga has accepted that his tenure as a player in the Indian Premier League has now come to an end and moving further, he desires to move on. Malinga has been a struggling players due to the number of injuries, he underwent. This in turn affected his performances in the international cricket. His waning bowling performances has also put his team in situation of dwindling fortunes lowering the world ranking of the Sri Lankan team.

Talking to the press, Malinga expressed himself, saying, “Mentally, I am over with playing cricket. I don’t think I will play international cricket anymore. I am planning to announce my retirement soon. I have not spoken to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) but once I go back, I will have to again go through the domestic grind, see how my body responds. But now as my IPL career is also over and I am starting a new chapter with Mumbai Indians, I might not play again.”

However, moving to the other heads, Malinga been featured in his home team, Mumbai Indians as their bowling coach for the current season of IPL 2018. The franchise didn’t retain him as a player but, moved a step ahead to pick him as the bowling mentor for the team. Most of the pacers have acknowledged this decision of the franchise and weren’t surprised even a bit, by this decision.

Happy with the decision, Malinga further added that, “Everyone gets that signal. Even the great Wasim Akram knew when his time was up,” he said. “I was not surprised at their decision not to have retained me. I had 10 very good years with Mumbai Indians and I achieved a lot. But this year, the owners spoke to me and told me about their vision going forward. They wanted to create a good team for the next three years. I also understand that my time in competitive cricket is over now.

“I am 34 years old and not getting any younger. I feel this is the right time to make a career move. Mumbai Indians had the mentorship role in mind and I am happy to start a new innings. My job as a mentor will now give me an opportunity to guide the next crop of fast bowlers. I will pass on my knowledge to them and also it will be an opportunity to assess myself in the coaching arena.”

His last ODI and T20I were played against India in September.