Lasith Malinga Retires From Franchise Cricket

New Delhi: Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga has retired from franchise cricket, Mumbai Indians announced on Wednesday.

Malinga, known for his dangerous yorkers, informed Mumbai Indians of his decision earlier this month, the IPL franchise said in a statement.

Malinga said that he had made up his mind after discussion with his family. “After discussing with family, I think now is the right time to retire from all franchise cricket. The Pandemic situation and the restrictions on travel will make it difficult for me given my personal circumstances to participate fully in franchise cricket for the next year and therefore it is best to make this decision now”.

“I have discussed the same with Mumbai Indians management in recent days as they prepare for the upcoming auction and they have been very supportive and understanding. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Ambani family, everyone at the Mumbai Indians franchise and all our fans for the wonderful 12 years,” he said.

Mumbai Indians owner Akash Ambani paid tribute to the paceman, who has made 122 appearances for the defending IPL champions.

Malinga has won four IPL titles with MI. He did not take part in IPL 2020 due to personal reasons.