Former Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga might feature in the T20 World Cup later this year. In order to strengthen their bowling attack, it is said the Sri Lankan board is planning to get back Malinga for the shortest format.
Malinga last played for Sri Lanka in March 2020 against West Indies. Mumbai Indians had put him on the released list, but the speedster had decided to retire from franchise cricket. Since the game against West Indies, he’s been on a sabbatical and eventually announced his retirement from IPL 2021.
Pramodya Wickramasinghe, chairman of the selection committee of the Sri Lanka National Team has also confirmed that the board is planning a meeting with Malinga to discuss his future with the national team.
“We will talk to Lasith soon. He is in our plans for the forthcoming T20 tours, including the T20 World Cup coming up in October. We always should not forget that he is one of the greatest bowlers in our country even in his present form. His records speak for that. There are two back-to-back T20 World Cups that are coming up, this year and next year. We are going to discuss our plans with him when we meet him in the next couple of days.”
Malinga has kept the door open for making a return to the T-20 team. He has insisted that he will be available for selection if his country needs him. Moreover, Malinga is confident about performing at optimum level even if he has taken a long break as he has done on numerous occasions.
The prolific pace bowler was the captain of the Sri Lankan side that won the T20 World Cup in 2014. He is considered as one of the greatest bowlers of all time in T-20 format. Lasith Malinga is known for his pinpoint accurate toe crushing yorkers in the death overs of T-20 games.
The 37-year-old looks confident and can add his experience to the squad. A comeback for the national team after a long break and he can definitely help this Sri Lankan side for the upcoming T20 World Cup and even for the next one in Australia which is in 2022.