Sri Lankan team over IPL? Malinga asks Mumbai Indians to replace him

Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga attends at a practice session ahead of their Fourth One Day International cricket match with England

Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga attends at a practice session ahead of their Fourth One Day International cricket match with England

The paceman has bagged 97 scalps in T20 internationals, placing him behind only Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi (98) on the all-time list. He is three wickets away from becoming the first bowler to take 100 wickets in T20 Internationals.

"After the World Cup, my cricketing career is ending", Malinga said after his side lost the second Twenty20 worldwide against South Africa by 16 runs.

"After the World Cup, my cricketing career is ending".

However Malinga's first focus is the World Cup in England.

Malinga is now leading the Sri Lanka limited-overs team in South Africa with one T20 match remaining in the series.

Sri Lankan star fast bowler Lasith Malinga announced on Friday he was ready to sacrifice earnings from the Indian Premier League to secure a place in his country's ODI World Cup squad.

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Salam, 17, turned up for Mumbai Indians in their lung-opener against Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday and also opened the bowling for the hosts.

Malinga whose career was affected several times in the past due to injuries, will lead Galle Province in the Super Provincial 50-over tournament starting next month. Sri Lanka Cricket, the country's governing body for the game, had recently made it mandatory for players to compete in a 50-over domestic tournament if they wanted to be considered for the 15-man ODI World Cup squad.

MI won the toss and elected to field first. I'm ok with losing those earnings from IPL.

"Very frustrating for myself and the support staff (the top order failure)".

The Mumbai Indians team management, however, said that the pacer is recovering well. "They have to learn that".

Iyer then effected a smart run-out to get rid of Suryakumar Yadav cheaply before De Kock also fell victim to Ishant when he looked for a big shot but only found Trent Boult.

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