New Delhi: Mumbai Indians veteran fast bowler Lasith Malinga will not be seen playing in the opening round of the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League due to his father's illness. According to media reports, the 36-year-old Sri Lankan pacer will not travel to the United Arab Emirates with the team for the T20 league, as his father has not been well for some time. He will join the team after some time.
Reports are being told that this fast bowler's father may also undergo surgery in the coming weeks. So he wants to be with his father, training in Colombo. Malinga, who has performed brilliantly for Sri Lanka and his IPL franchise, will turn 37 next week. He played T20 Internationals for Sri Lanka in the home series against the West Indies in March this year.
He played the last ODI more than a year ago. In recent times, he has suffered from several knee injuries and was unable to attend the camp set up by Sri Lanka Cricket in June and July. This year's IPL is being played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) due to covid-19. UAE's three cities Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah will host the league from 19 September to 10 November
As you know that, Malinga helped Mumbai Indians to get the IPL title for the fourth time last year. He has been associated with the franchise since early times and is a very important bowler in the team. In such a situation, it can prove to be a big blow for Rohit Sharma's team.