Knee injury rules Malinga out of IPL, confirms SLC
Sri Lanka pace spearhead Lasith Malinga has been ruled out of the ongoing Indian Premier League after his franchise, Mumbai Indians’ medical team found him unifit for at least another four months because of an recurring knee injury.
Malinga is also expected to miss Sri Lanka’s upcoming tour of England, as well as the Caribbean Premier League because of the injury to his left knee.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) medical staff will now assess Malinga’s injury and decide whether he needs a surgery or not.
“Malinga will present himself before the SLC panel of expert doctors on Wednesday (April 20) and depending on the outcome of the said medical examinations, be required to face a match fitness grading, after which SLC will take the next appropriate steps,” the Cricket Board (SLC) said in a release.
SLC had earlier issued a show-cause notice to Malinga after the pacer defied Board’s dictate by joining Mumbai Indians in the ongoing IPL without required medical clearance.
Despite the Board not giving him permission to play in the IPL, the speedster has reportedly joined the Mumbai Indians squad on Friday and also took part in team’s training session.
Mumbai Indians are yet to make a statement on Malinga’s injury. Malinga sustained the injury during West Indies’ tour of Sri Lanka last November, and has battled to regain fitness since then.