Lasith Malinga awaiting for answers after national team axe

Malinga is currently sidelined from the national team.

Malinga has been going through a rough patch off late. (Getty)

Lasith Malinga is currently ignored by the Sri Lankan team management and he is still awaiting to know the reason. The last nominal participation for Lasith Malinga in ODI international when Sri Lanka hosted India earlier this year for a full series.

Under Sri Lanka’s new coach Chandika Haturasingha, Malinga started his practice as a “net bowler”. "I came because when I started playing cricket whenever there was a national team practice they needed net bowlers. I came in the capacity of a net bowler," Malinga told ESPNcricinfo.

"If they pick me I'm ready, but the reason for why I haven't been picked is what I'm still waiting for," Malinga said. "Usually it's a player who is 25 or 26 that needs to be rested because they still have a lot of cricket left in them. But for someone of my age, from what I know, there's really no purpose in being rested. We can only play cricket for another one or two years anyway, but if we're rested then we won't get to play cricket, so what's the point?"

"I picked up 10 wickets in the 13 matches I played after returning from injury," Malinga said. "For the 14 years I've been playing cricket, it's the first year in which I haven't been able to pick up many wickets. And in those 13 matches, 12 catches have been dropped off my bowling. But in the end, the man who bowled the ball to create a catching opportunity is out” Malinga justified as to why he has been wicketless recently.

"If someone wants to talk about my performances then I'm more than willing to have that conversation. But as far as being left out of the team, all I can say is that I've been playing cricket for several years, I've played under the most number of selectors. And a cricketer's next opportunity at being selected really does depend on which set of selectors are in place at any given time."

Malinga concluded by saying that he wants to play the 2019 World Cup which will be his last international affair for Sri Lanka.

By Anshuman Roy - 30 Dec, 2017

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