SLC issues ultimatum to Lasith Malinga

Fast bowler Lasith Malinga’s international career looks in jeopardy after Sri Lanka Cricket issued the 34-year-old an ultimatum to return home from India to play domestic cricket if he intended to be recalled to the national side.He was unsold at the IPL auction and then opted for a stint as a bowling mentor for the Mumbai Indians.

Malinga was named for Sri Lanka’s domestic Inter-Provincial one-day tournament but prior to the announcement of the squads, which gets underway on Wedensday, releasing a video from India, Malinga declined to play any domestic cricket until the IPL was over. In the video he had mentioned that he was ready to make an international comeback during the home series against South Africa in July.

“The selectors will have to make a call in case Lasith doesn’t play any domestic cricket,” SLC President Thilanga Sumathipala said on Tuesday (May 1).

Since his return from injury, the fast bowler has taken just ten wickets in 13 ODIs at a disappointing average of 62, way above his career average of 28.

“We have informed Lasith that he has been selected. If he doesn’t play the Inter-Provincial tournament, it is unlikely that the selectors will consider him,” SLC CEO Ashley de Silva said, when asked as to whether the board had had any communication with the bowler.

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