Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga is in no mood to stretch his cricketing career to few more years. He is aware that his body and fitness don’t allow his to replicate of his older version. A big dip in his form didn’t help Sri Lankan cricket team either, who are facing their toughest times in the international arena.
“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,” Malinga quoted to PTI on Thursday.
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“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.”
His former Indian Premier League franchise Mumbai Indians roped for his services as bowling mentor in the team. The franchise neither retained him for the IPL 11 nor went to make any bid for him. However, he was not surprised by going unsold in IPL despite being the highest wicket-taker in the history of this tournament.
“Everyone gets that signal. Even the great Wasim Akram knew when his time was up. 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,” he added.
“I am 34 years old and not getting any younger. I feel this is the right time to make a career move.”
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While concluding, he stated “Mumbai Indians had the mentorship role in mind and I am happy to start 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.”
He played his last international game against India in September 2017. National selectors haven’t considered him since then.