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Sri Lanka Cricket objected to Lasith Malinga’s decision to play for Mumbai Indians as he departed the country without informing the board. SLC issued a notice to Malinga to show the cause of his decision.
Malinga, who has been at the loggerheads with the SLC hierarchy since the Asia Cup in February, joined the Mumbai squad on Friday, having missed the team’s first two games with a knee injury sustained during Sri Lanka’s disastrous ICC World Twenty campaign.
Malinga had earlier stood down as Sri Lanka’s captain during the tournament, and played just the opener against Afghanistan before citing injury and sitting out the remainder of the tournament.
In a statement on Sunday (April 17), THE SLC stated that Malinga had not “informed Sri Lanka Cricket stated that Malinga had not “informed Sri Lanka Cricket of his travel to India, nor his intention to play for the IPL”, and said that the player would need to “present himself” before a panel of medical experts on Wednesday to obtain clearance from the board.
The SLC put forward two conditions Malinga would need to meet before obtaining the No Objection certificate:
– An SLC-appointed expert panel of medical professionals must clear his injury status
– He must be declared ‘match fit’ by the SLC’s physio, trainer, coach, and selectors
The SLC said they would “take the next appropriate steps” depending on the results of his medical examinations.
Reports suggest that the SLC selection committee is disillusioned with Malinga, and that their chairman, Aravinda de Silva, had doubts over Malinga’s fitness claims.
Mumbai have gone with Tim Southee in the absence of Malinga-the highest wicket-taker in IPL history so far. The New Zealand speedster has been wicketless in his two matches, although his 11 ball 25 helped lift Mumbai’s failing innings against Gujarat Lions on Saturday-a thriller which Mumbai lost off the final ball.