Sri Lanka's Malinga cleared to play IPL

Sri Lanka's Malinga cleared to play IPL

Sri Lanka's Malinga cleared to play IPL

Lasith Malinga is likely to be available for the next two IPL matches for Mumbai Indians after Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) softened its stance on the participation of the veteran pacer in a domestic ODI tournament.

"Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) chose to give permission to Mr. Lasith Malinga to play in the ongoing IPL tournament", read a release from SLC.

Having already lost Adam Milne due to injury and no clarity over the seriousness of Jasprit Bumrah's injury he sustained in the first game, Malinga's availability does ease Mumbai's issues in the bowling department. Malinga, who is the Sri Lankan ODI and T20I captain had made a decision to fulfill the requirements which meant he would have to sit out of at least six Mumbai Indians matches.However, after talks with the Mumbai franchise, SLC has chose to let Malinga pass the domestic tournament in a bid to play the more competitive IPL. Last Friday, the SLC had stipulated that Malinga must play in the weeklong provincial one-day tournament in Sri Lanka in order to be considered for selection in the World Cup squad.

"If you read the entire thing, the tournament (in Sri Lanka) is for four or five days in April". There were also speculations that if he would play in a couple of matches for MI, Malinga might have to head back to Colombo again for the domestic tournament in middle of the IPL.

The news of Malinga's participation will boost Mumbai Indians' confidence as they aim to register their first win of the tournament after losing to Delhi Capitals on Sunday.

SLC's decision, however, came only after intervention from the BCCI, who had made a request to the Sri Lankan board to release Malinga for Mumbai. Before the player auction in December, all the global boards had already notified the BCCI about the cut-off dates for their players to be released from the IPL.

Even if Malinga doesn't play in the domestic tournament, he may yet be required to cut his IPL stint short in May, when Sri Lanka's World Cup squad assembles for a pre-tournament camp.

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