Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians (MI) spearhead bowler Lasith Malinga has decided to bid farewell to franchise cricketer. The speed-bowling legend had shared his decision with the franchise management earlier this month, hence, making himself unavailable for 18-member retention squad the franchise announced on Wednesday.
The Sri Lankan bowler has been a crucial part of the title winning champions on most occasions. The speedster has already hung his boots from Test as well as ODI cricket. And now, he has also decided to quit franchise cricket.
Mumbai Indians Owner, Akash Ambani said, “Lasith Malinga has been at the core of Mumbai Indians for 12 years. We respect his decision, even though I would have liked to him to be part of our bowling attack for another 5 years.”
“Malinga is an MI legend. His contributions to the Mumbai Indians’ journey are invaluable. We will miss the Wankhede chant for him, but he will always be in the heart of all MI fans. At Mumbai Indians, Malinga will always be a part of the MI family and we hope we can continue to lean on his experience in a non-playing capacity in the future.”
Speaking on his decision, Lasith 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.”