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Malinga released for BBL semi-final

ESPNcricinfo staff

January 30, 2014

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David Hussey and Lasith Malinga celebrate a wicket, Melbourne Stars v Hobart Hurricanes, Big Bash League, December 15, 2012
Lasith Malinga will head back to Australia for the Big Bash League semi-final © Getty Images

Lasith Malinga, the Sri Lanka fast bowler, has been released by Sri Lanka Cricket for the upcoming Big Bash League semi-finals. Malinga plays for the Melbourne Stars, who will play the Hobart Hurricanes on February 4 in Melbourne.

Malinga was earlier recalled, along with Ajantha Mendis, by SLC so that the pair could undertake a training programme in Sri Lanka. Malinga's fitness was a concern for SLC, and the board wanted him fit for a busy schedule featuring the Asia Cup and World T20 in the coming months.

SLC said in a release: "Since he had shown a tremendous improvement in his fitness levels in the said training programme, the national coaching staff together with the national selectors took the decision to release him to play in the Big Bash." 

A special request was made by the management of the Stars to SLC to release Malinga.

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Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (February 5, 2014, 20:50 GMT)

I think it is just fitness test like car fitness. He passed the test. Please make sure that Hurricane players protect their toes.

Posted by MarshLillee on (February 4, 2014, 6:20 GMT)

I agree with Tim Paine, something fishy about the Melbourne Stars line up.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (February 3, 2014, 10:39 GMT)

I think it is just fitness test like car fitness. He passed the test. Please make sure that Hurricane players protect their toes.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2014, 15:30 GMT)

this fitness not going useful to sl........

Posted by Thilanka07 on (February 1, 2014, 4:17 GMT)

Doesn't know why SLC going behind this man who continuously fail to show his IPL or BBL performance for the country.

Posted by sandeepdes on (January 31, 2014, 22:27 GMT)

Whatever this training program that SLC implemented, it should be patented, packaged and marketed if 10 days of participation led to a "tremendous improvement" in an insanely unfit Malinga...What a joke SLC!!

Posted by DEEPROCKS22 on (January 31, 2014, 11:25 GMT)

All the Best Malinga my Best Bowler..hope u will lift BBL Tropy for Melebourne Stars.

Posted by   on (January 31, 2014, 8:18 GMT)

I agree with Atif Suleman.It seems Mathews is a little bit overweight as he is enjoying the captaincy with victories over Pakistan and Bangladesh. It is up to physio and Mathews to get him fit

Posted by Big_Brother_of_Cricket on (January 31, 2014, 0:21 GMT)

It's funny how these things are managed by SLC. Are they convinced that after a brief training program, the fitness level of a cricketer who had fitness issues for such a long time, is satisfactory. I presume these are some kind of warnings which SLC intend to give for their cricketers in an unprofessional manner, calling a cricketer back from a highly competitive league after NOC was granted and then returning him after a couple of days. These things could have been done in a professional way without making news to the cricket fans to laugh about.

Posted by Kelum_w on (January 30, 2014, 22:53 GMT)

It's hard to see how his fitness would have "Tremendously" improved in 10 days. This stinks of some pretty strong knuckle "rapting"

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