Champions League T20 2014

Malinga to play for Mumbai Indians at CLT20

Andrew Fidel Fernando

July 29, 2014

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Lasith Malinga prepares to head a football, Pallekele, July 8, 2014
Lasith Malinga will turn out for Mumbai Indians during the Champions League T20 © Associated Press
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Lasith Malinga will represent Mumbai Indians at the Champions League T20 over the Southern Express side he led to the Super Fours title in Sri Lanka. Although he will not turn out for them, Malinga has over the past few days negotiated higher pay for the Express side, for their participation in the tournament, after talks with SLC.

Malinga had officially asked the board for permission to play for Mumbai Indians on July 15, with that decision having been approved by SLC's executive committee on July 22. The decision to play for his IPL team means Malinga will not forego the payment equal to 10% if his IPL salary, made by IPL teams to the players who represent them in CLT20.*

"As per the Team Participation Agreement of CLT20 2014, the decision on which team a player should represent is the sole prerogative of the player himself," an SLC release said. "Accordingly, whilst expressing Sri Lanka Cricket's preference for Lasith to represent the Southern Express Team, the Executive Committee left this decision at his sole discretion."

Despite the request to turn out for his IPL franchise, Malinga had asked SLC officials to distribute as much as 50% of the board's income from the CLT20 among the un-contracted cricketers in the Southern Express side. This initial figure was rejected, however. The board eventually settled on paying the players "around 15%" of its after-tax income from the tournament, according to CEO Ashley de Silva. SLC receives a $500,000 payment from CLT20 for sending a team to the tournament.

The Southern Express players' cut of the SLC's income from the CLT20 is expected to be spread evenly among the team, with no consideration to seniority.

Though the board has officially said it would prefer Malinga to represent his local side, SLC had not put pressure on Malinga to play for Southern Express, unlike in 2013, when Kumar Sangakkara had been asked to play for the Kandurata Maroons team over Sunrisers Hyderabad.

The board will also receive $150,000 from Mumbai Indians, as the sum a foreign franchise must pay the home team of a player who represents the foreign side at the CLT20. As the Southern Express side is effectively owned by SLC, this sum will go to the board.

The CLT20 will be played in India from September 13 to October 4.

*The payment made by IPL teams to CLT20 players is 10% over and above the contract fees, not 20% of the salary, as previously stated

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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Posted by   on (August 3, 2014, 3:52 GMT)

gt_doss, I wouldn't say MI aren't a great side (they've one two CLT20 titles) they are inconsistent though considering they didn't win a single game in the 4th edition which co-incidentally was the year after they won the title. Though I agree that this year they don't have the same level of firepower they had last year. Lendl Simmons and Michael Hussy aren't bad, but I feel they don't match the power of a new and Improved Dwayne Smith.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 31, 2014, 11:22 GMT)

He is the captain of SE.. How can he do that.. Southern express is nothing without malinga.. Should send kandurata this time too who won every match except final in super 4s..

Posted by android_user on (July 30, 2014, 11:24 GMT)

we love lasith bowling. good selection by lasith.

Posted by gt_doss on (July 30, 2014, 6:01 GMT)

Whether Malinga plays for Southern Express or Mumbai Indians nothing matters....May be some star attraction if he plays for MI..that's all...Neither Southern Express or MI is a great side in CLT20....

Posted by PadMarley on (July 30, 2014, 5:56 GMT)

Malinga should play where he prefers, this is club cricket and you choose your employer based on your preference! I dont think Malinga has ever let down Sri Lanka when he had to play for the nation and he carried Sri Lanka in many occasions to victory. I support Malinga to play for MI if thats his preference! But I will support all non-IPL teams in the Champtions league, just for the fun of it!! :-)

Posted by Udendra on (July 30, 2014, 4:31 GMT)

Although without Malinga, still I'm keen to see the Southern outfit. Some good talent in that squad.

Posted by Udendra on (July 30, 2014, 4:26 GMT)

Sri Lanka's "southern express" playing for MI.

Posted by 9ST9 on (July 30, 2014, 4:02 GMT)

Well Sangakkara opted for Kandurata Maroons last year and that didn't do much good for them. I don't see anything wrong in Malinga opting for a more established team instead of a relatively shaky set up.

Posted by TEROSHAN on (July 30, 2014, 3:32 GMT)

SE is not a regular team so Malinga can move in to MI. And Most of the Sri Lankan Will Support to the MI After SE.. But the problem is Why SLC Can't establish teams Like IPL ( Galle. Kandy Colombo and Rest of the Country and start the Local series regularly.. Then the local competition will be High.

Posted by CricketChat on (July 30, 2014, 2:34 GMT)

MI supported Malinga when he was a forgotten back in 2008/09. He never forgot the backing and help he received from them. That's why I believe he will always choose MI over other teams, even from his native country.

Posted by android_user on (July 30, 2014, 1:46 GMT)

Well the decision is done. Let's move on. Glad this didn't become drawn out and ugly like with Sangakarra last year. At the end of the day if the ICC had set out that players must play for their local team first, then there would be no issue.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 30, 2014, 0:50 GMT)

Any human being would take that decision

Posted by Circket-Newsletters on (July 29, 2014, 15:33 GMT)

I don't see anything wrong in his decision. After all this is his source of income

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (July 29, 2014, 15:25 GMT)

Before Maali was known for people, Sri Lankans loved him, and nobody else did. He will be loved no matter what.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (July 29, 2014, 15:19 GMT)

Good for Sri Lanka. A chance for a new guy to bloom as a good cricketer.

Posted by chandimasl on (July 29, 2014, 14:32 GMT)

If players like Binara Fernando,Andy Solomons and Kasun Madusanka get their chances it will be a strong unit. Since these players are already in the Express squad they deserve a chance and they will prove it.

Posted by nimalgamage on (July 29, 2014, 14:28 GMT)

This is not a good decision by Malinga. He has lots of money already in his bag as well as he is the captain of a team which is largely inexperience who should have lead by an example.

Considering what great Sanga did last year for his Kadurata Maroons side this is very poor on the part of Malinga.

This is another great example that shows why we have to give so much respect for a player like Sanga !!!!!

Posted by   on (July 29, 2014, 14:25 GMT)

Actually the 20% salary cut got changed. Now players choosing against their IPL teams don't forego 0% of their salary but gain an extra 10% to their salary.

Posted by chandimasl on (July 29, 2014, 14:24 GMT)

The question should be who would replace Malinga. It has to be a wise decision. Do not know whether Dilshan is representing this team if so he an be the captain. The best options to replace Malinga will be Suranga Lakmal or Lahiru Gamage. Because it is essential to have a strike bowler since Malinga is a big miss. Dhushmantha Chameera also can be handy.

Hope SLC wont make a blunder by inserting a spinner or a batsman to replace Malinga.

If Dilshan is not participating the ideal replacement will be Mathews or Tharanga. It will be quite interesting to see these replacements.

By the way i think Express is a good unit to give a good fight in the tournament and to get qualified. Because it has some talented young t20 players like Kusal Janith, Seekuge Prasanna, Sachith Pathirana and Dilruwan Perera.

Posted by SLMaster on (July 29, 2014, 13:24 GMT)

This is better. This way everyone wins. More money for SLC and Malinga.

Posted by bala2rahul on (July 29, 2014, 13:12 GMT)

A very sensible decision. After all its just Club cricket, Both him and SLC will gain financially. They have families too.

Posted by lanka_86 on (July 29, 2014, 13:01 GMT)

SLC earns an extra $150,000 from this. So correct decision by Malinga. SLC should also have encouraged Sangakkara to play for the Sunrisers last year.

Posted by TJayy on (July 29, 2014, 12:38 GMT)

Didn't see that coming. Oh wait, I totally did.

Posted by dns07 on (July 29, 2014, 12:33 GMT)

he has to! Mali shud play for Mumbai!

Posted by CricketFever11 on (July 29, 2014, 12:30 GMT)

Malinga is a Sri Lankan hero. He should be treated well. We are with you Mali. All the best.

Posted by   on (July 29, 2014, 12:23 GMT)

great decision mali !!! This Is Club Over Club .. Not Club Over Country !

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