Lasith Malinga last played an international game in March 2020 against West Indies. The Sri Lankan pacer has retired from ODI and Test cricket, but is still available to play T20I cricket. Malinga also announced his retirement from IPL this season. The veteran pacer is one of the deadliest pacers on the international stage, and also led his side to the T20 World Cup title in 2014.
Sri Lanka National Selection Committee Chairman, Pramodya Wickramasinghe revealed that they will soon have a meeting with Lasith Malinga in order to bring him back to the T20I squad. He stated that the pacer was in their plans for the upcoming T20I tours, and the World Cup to be held later this year.
“We will talk to Lasith soon. He is in our plans for the forthcoming T20 tours, including the T20 World Cup coming up in October,” Pramodya Wickramasinghe told the Morning Newspaper.
Pramodya Wickramasinghe also stated that Lasith Malinga will be part of the two upcoming T20 World Cups to be held in two consecutive years. “We always should not forget that he is one of the greatest bowlers in our country even in his present form. His records speak for that. There are two back-to-back T20 World Cups that are coming up, this year and next year. We are going to discuss our plans with him when we meet him in the next couple of days,” Pramodya Wickramasinghe added.
Lasith Malinga also confirmed the latest development and stated that he is available for selection in the T20I format. He also asserted that he is more than capable of coming back after a long break, and he has proved that in the past year.
“I have retired from both Test and ODI cricket but not from T20s. I also am keen to know how the selection committee is going to get the services of a senior player like me for the national side. In my career, I have proved on many occasions that I can come back after a long break and perform well for my country,” Lasith Malinga told the Morning Newspaper.