Malinga Ready to Play Domestic Cricket
Sources at SLC said the Selection Committee had reportedly met former Sri Lanka T-20 skipper Lasith Malinga with the intention of coaxing the slinger to rejoin the National team and deliver the goods for Sri Lanka in the shorter formats.
Malinga, 37, who has already called it a day from red ball cricket and the 50-over version, last played for the country in the shortest format against the West Indies in Pallekele in March last year. Hence, the pacer has not represented his country in the shortest format of the game for 14 months, and during the recent discussion with the Selectors, the ex-captain had discussed his immediate future in the sport as well as the state of the game here.
The Selectors, for their part, had explained their position with regard to Malinga harbouring any hopes to rejoin the National squad. They had in no uncertain terms informed the pacer that as he had not featured in international cricket for over a year, he would need to play domestic firstclass cricket and thereby prove his physical prowess, as is the norm for all players.
The Selectors had stressed that if he could prove his worth and his physical fitness in domestic cricket there would be no barrier for him to step into the playing 11. Malinga for his part had expressed his satisfaction with the policies adopted by the Selectors, and encouraged the Selectors to continue to place their trust in youngsters for all versions of the game. However, it was stated that Malinga had not given any indication of his immediate desire to retire from international cricket in his discussion with the Selectors.