Bangladesh Premier League news December 20, 2012

Malinga's participation in BPL still unclear


Confusion reigns over whether Lasith Malinga will play in the Bangladesh Premier League 2013.

On Thursday evening, after the auction, the Dhaka Gladiators franchise that had bid for Malinga said they were not aware of his unavailability. But the Sri Lanka fast bowler's agent told ESPNcricinfo earlier in the day that Malinga hadn't "entered the auction, a standpoint that was later repeated.*

The BPL governing council, on Wednesday night, sent out a text message with the names of several players who had withdrawn from and been included in the auction. Malinga was listed as one of those included, before his agent claimed he wouldn't be entering.

After the auction, Malinga's agent released this statement: "Lasith Malinga did not express an interest in playing in the BPL at any stage whatsoever so we are totally perplexed at how he ended up in the auction.

"There has been no telephone discussions or emails about his involvement and certainly no signing of a pre-auction agreement. The first we became aware of him being entered into the auction was when reading a Cricinfo story on Thursday morning and we confirmed he was not available to the recruitment agents via e-mail before the auction.

"Lasith wants to rest in February and early March to build up fitness ahead of a big season of limited overs cricket in 2013."

Dhaka bid $115,000 for him after he was placed in the golden category of the foreign players. "We are not aware of any news of [Lasith] Malinga being unavailable," Dhaka's spokesman, Minhaz Uddin Khan, said.

*22.20GMT, December 20: This story was update with comments from Malinga's agent.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Mafaz on December 21, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    @Tamkin786: Yes Malinga is too good a player for BPL.

  • SAIFUR RAHMAN DURJOY on December 21, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Totally agree with u @Tamkin786 , about d matter of nannes,tait & A.Thomas ,,they are still here for purchase as the teams can still include them in the squad, I hope they get to play in BPL...... another thing about malinga is dat it will b gud for the league if he participates far as the latest news the problems wid Malinga is solved n he will play in BPL after 30 jan. ..........

  • Dummy4 on December 21, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    this tells the story of how poorly the BPL has been managed

  • Tamzid on December 21, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    Just forget about Lasith Malinga, as according to his agent Malinga is not interested playing in Bpl, and also his agent trying to prove the point that he is too good for BPL. In my opinion instead of Malinga, Dhaka Gladiators should purchase Dirk Nannes or Shaun Tait or Alfonso Thomas, who are willing to take part in BPL. Atleast our youngster will have the opportunity to face bowling of Shaun Tait, who bowl around 155 kph.

  • C on December 21, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    How can a player who has not confirmed his participation be in the auction list? BPL needs to be more organized in these little things.

  • Vikram on December 21, 2012, 0:44 GMT

    Now, that sounds like a Page 2 news article ;-)

  • Sohrab on December 21, 2012, 0:20 GMT

    get tait.....awesome bowler..faster than mailnga...

  • ILANKO on December 20, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    Raiyan, I think you mean Addition?

  • associate cricket fan on December 20, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    I advice malinga to not to take part in BPL. He is playing too much franchise cricket all around the world. IPL,BBL,SLPL, English t20,CL t20. Thats more than enough money for him. Now its time for him to focus on playing for his country.

  • Dummy4 on December 20, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Malinga can be a great Edition for the League

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