Malinga retires from franchise cricket
Lasith Malinga has retired from franchise cricket, his IPL team Mumbai Indians revealed on Wednesday (20 January). The Sri Lankan speedster informed his decision to the Mumbai Indians management earlier this month, making himself unavailable for the upcoming season and wasn't retained in the squad.
Malinga has been a part for Mumbai Indians since the second season of IPL, missing only two editions - 2018 and 2020.
Speaking of his decision Malinga said: "After discussing with family, I think now is the right time to retire from all franchise cricket. The pandemic situation and the restrictions on travel will make it difficult for me given my personal circumstances to participate fully in franchise cricket for the next year, and therefore, it is best to make this decision now.
"I have discussed the same with Mumbai Indians management in recent days as they prepare for the upcoming auction, and they have been very supportive and understanding. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Ambani family, everyone at the Mumbai Indians franchise and all our fans for the wonderful 12 years.
"Mumbai Indians has treated me like family, supporting me 100 % in every situation both on and off the field, and always giving me the confidence and the freedom to play my natural game whenever I walked onto the field.” (Agencies)