Lasith Malinga remains a legend in Sri Lanka cricket and has denied reports he refused to sign this year’s contract with Sri LankanCricket and wants to be available for national games – which has to be a massive boost to the country’s cricketing fans.
The 28-year-old fast bowler has often courted controversy with his rare round-arm sling action, but there is no doubting he is one of the most dangerous bowlers in the world cricket – indeed Maliga is the only bowler to have ever bowled two World Cup hat-tricks, three ODI hat-tricks and four wickets in four consecutive balls.
Persistent injuries meant Malinga retired from Test cricket back in 2011 but has continued to play both one-day international and Twenty20 matches for Sri Lanka as a non-contracted player.
However, a change in circumstances means national contracts are being offered again and reports surfaced claiming Malinga had declined to sign on for this year. But he has moved to deny this and is expected to sign a deal, however Malinga would earn much less than other Sri Lanka stars as he does not play Test cricket.
Whatever terms he wants, Sri Lanka should really agree with as Malinga is one of the most potent attacking weapons any country can boast in world cricket and Sri Lanka are much stronger with him than without him.
Malinga told ANI: “No contracts have been offered yet for this year for any of the players. But whether I decide to play with or without [a] contract, does not really matter as I am still 100-percent available for selection for all ODI and T20 commitments for Sri Lanka just like I was last year”
The ICC World Twenty 20 competition takes place in Sri Lanka later in 2012 and the hosts could enter as one of the favourites if they have Malinga among their ranks.
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