Champions League T20 2014 July 29, 2014

Malinga to play for Mumbai Indians at CLT20


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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  • Dummy4 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.

  • ESPN 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..

  • Android on July 30, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    we love lasith bowling. good selection by lasith.

  • Thulasidoss 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....

  • Pad 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!! :-)

  • 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.

  • udendra on July 30, 2014, 4:26 GMT

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

  • sachit 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.

  • GAYAN 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.

  • Steve 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.

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