Blow for Middlesex as Lasith Malinga pulls out of T20 competition
16:29 28 May 2012
Sri Lankan complians of soreness after IPL
Lasith Malinga will not play in this summer’s T20 for Middlesex after the Sri Lankan cricket board were concerned that the paceman could pick up an injury during his spell at Lord’s.
Malinga has been playing in the Indian Premier League and complained about soreness in both his knee and back.
Middlesex CCC’s Managing Director of Cricket, Angus Fraser, said; “Naturally, we are extremely disappointed that Lasith will not be playing for Middlesex CCC in this summer’s Friends Life t20. Everyone at the club was looking forward to working with and watching Lasith play for The Panthers. His presence would have added a healthy dose of star dust to proceedings. I totally understand Lasith’s concerns - his workload has been and is high - but am disappointed we are the side to be denied of his services.
“A lot of work goes in to securing these deals and getting ‘No Objection Certificates’ from the relevant governing bodies. But we are not the only county to suffer in this way and over the coming days we will do all we can to secure the services of another high quality international cricketer for our 2012 Friends Life t20 campaign.”