Sri Lanka National Selection Committee has assured that veteran pacer Lasith Malinga is in their plans for the forthcoming T20 tours, including the upcoming T20 World Cup. The 37-year-old has retired from Test Cricket and ODI but is hopeful of making a comeback in the shortest format of the game in the T20 World Cup scheduled in India later this year. Lasith Malinga is the highest T20 wicket-taker and has delivered many watch winning spells. The pacer has also led Sri Lanka to the 2014 T20 World Cup victory. Malinga last donned the Sri Lanka jersey in March 2020 during a T20I game against West Indies.
We will talk to Lasith soon, he’s in our plans for T20 WC: SLC Chairman
Sri Lanka National Selection Committee Chairman Pramodya Wickramasinghe assured that the management will have a meeting with the veteran pacer to talk about his future plans. “We will talk to Lasith soon. He is in our plans for the forthcoming T20 tours, including the T20 World Cup coming up in October,” mentioned Wickramasinghe. He further hailed the pacer as one of the greatest bowlers produced by Sri Lanka and said that his numbers vouch for the same. “We always should not forget that he is one of the greatest bowlers in our country even in his present form.” the Chairman added.
I have retired from both Test and ODI cricket but not from T20s: Malinga
The veteran pacer also responded to the talks, mentioning that he is available for selection and is looking forward to making a comeback in the shortest format of the game. The veteran pacer assured that he is confident to positively contribute to the team, the way he has done in the past. “In my career, I have proved on many occasions that I can come back after a long break and perform well for my country,” the 37-year-old added.