County news May 10, 2012

Malinga signs for Middlesex

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Middlesex have signed Lasith Malinga, the Sri Lanka fast bowler, as their second overseas player for this season's Friends Life t20. The move, which was first reported by ESPNcricinfo, means one of the world's premier Twenty20 bowlers will be performing in England's domestic competition.

Malinga, 28, currently has the second-highest wickets tally in the 2012 IPL, with 20 from nine appearances for Mumbai Indians. He is due to join up with Middlesex after playing for Sri Lanka in their one-day international and T20I series against Pakistan in June, meaning he will miss the opening three games of the FLt20.

In 106 T20 matches, Malinga has taken 151 wickets at an average of 16.40, with an economy of 6.53 runs per over. He has previously played in England for Kent.

Angus Fraser, Middlesex's director of cricket, said: "We are all naturally thrilled about the prospect of a player of Lasith's talent coming to the club. In T20 cricket every county is looking for a bowler that provides their attack with variety, the ability to bowl during Powerplays and at the death, basically something different from the norm and in Lasith we will have the best in the world.

"In 2011 we had a disappointing T20 campaign and we are looking for the players to react positively and improve on last season's performances this summer. The addition of Lasith can only help us achieve this goal."

Edited by Alan Gardner

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  • POSTED BY Master_Mihil on | May 13, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    @suleimann@ Don't embarrass SL fan's by your so called SL cricket knowledge. Yes maling was selected at the nets in a talent find event. But the same SLC under arjuna didn't gave him the SLC contract because of his injuries. He only got back into team after performing well for Mumbai Indians. And did you know because he has retired from tests he only get 40% percent of the contract? is that the way you treat a world champion? it 's almost like his abilities doesn't matter. He held a press conference about it too. Where were you then? If i could i wouldn't play for SLC pricks any day. His life is cricket, he should do it no matter what. We are with you always MALINGAA!! You real cricketing fans!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Master_Mihil on | May 13, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    It's crazy and funny how life is. The small, Thin (He used to be) small time school bowler from the south became one of the most revered pacers in the world. We still have magic in SL shores, it's matter of time till we find them. :D

  • POSTED BY PantheraLeo on | May 11, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    @Sulaimaan91: You might have "better understanding" of SL cricket as you profess, but you are definitely not well-read about the details. Let's say Malinga got his place on a Silver Platter (he didn't; let's not dwell on that), but to say he doesn't value his place in the SL team grossly unfair. His unusual action & the effort it takes to bowl at that pace with a smaller stature puts enormous pressure on this body. That's what left him with a chronic degenerative knee condition while playing in Australia in 2008. That injury kept him out of Cricket for 18months, but the injury was not the only reason; SLC let him rot without providing him the BEST available care. It was Mumbai Indians that helped him get back to playing condition. He still came back, but couldn't handle bowling on consecutive days. He still gives his best for SL (was the highest wicket taker in Australia Tri-Series). But, his alternating good-bad-good-bad performances & failure of others that makes him the scapegoat.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | May 11, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    DON' T KNOW WHY SOME FANS ARE CRITISIZING MALINGA HERE . HE HAS BEEN A STANDOUT PERFORMER FOR SL OVER THE YEARS .

  • POSTED BY TORONTO123456 on | May 11, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Sulaimaan91 : My friend dont talk about rubbish i have been following cricket for 3 Decades and i know most of the players and I had seen most of the CB serious and IPL ,but you can see STILL he dont give his best to his CONTRY SRILANKA ,You can see how is Bowling current IPL and how he has bowled in Asia Cup ........ He SHOULD find a place in MUMBAIL and stay forever .............

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Well said @Judep...I feel exactly the same for Malinga...He is not wrong in choosing the right option for him and every man has the right to earn when they best can! He is a quality bowler and fits in certain formats only, so best is to continue in that..I love the way he bowls and when crowd roars "Maa-Linn-Gaa...Maa-Linn-Gaa"..

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    People are MAD who are questioning LM loyality toward country, He dont like to play Test not cricket.

    I wonder if all of you like to solve the 8-10 page intergration/derivative maths problem. But everyone dont quit to count money.

  • POSTED BY Advanced_Donkeys on | May 11, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    Congrats to Malinga! Do your best to Middlesex.

  • POSTED BY TORONTO123456 on | May 11, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    He will do his best for IPL/ county cricket but not for his COUNTRY

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    we hope malinga play T20 world cup two,three years

  • POSTED BY Master_Mihil on | May 13, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    @suleimann@ Don't embarrass SL fan's by your so called SL cricket knowledge. Yes maling was selected at the nets in a talent find event. But the same SLC under arjuna didn't gave him the SLC contract because of his injuries. He only got back into team after performing well for Mumbai Indians. And did you know because he has retired from tests he only get 40% percent of the contract? is that the way you treat a world champion? it 's almost like his abilities doesn't matter. He held a press conference about it too. Where were you then? If i could i wouldn't play for SLC pricks any day. His life is cricket, he should do it no matter what. We are with you always MALINGAA!! You real cricketing fans!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Master_Mihil on | May 13, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    It's crazy and funny how life is. The small, Thin (He used to be) small time school bowler from the south became one of the most revered pacers in the world. We still have magic in SL shores, it's matter of time till we find them. :D

  • POSTED BY PantheraLeo on | May 11, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    @Sulaimaan91: You might have "better understanding" of SL cricket as you profess, but you are definitely not well-read about the details. Let's say Malinga got his place on a Silver Platter (he didn't; let's not dwell on that), but to say he doesn't value his place in the SL team grossly unfair. His unusual action & the effort it takes to bowl at that pace with a smaller stature puts enormous pressure on this body. That's what left him with a chronic degenerative knee condition while playing in Australia in 2008. That injury kept him out of Cricket for 18months, but the injury was not the only reason; SLC let him rot without providing him the BEST available care. It was Mumbai Indians that helped him get back to playing condition. He still came back, but couldn't handle bowling on consecutive days. He still gives his best for SL (was the highest wicket taker in Australia Tri-Series). But, his alternating good-bad-good-bad performances & failure of others that makes him the scapegoat.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | May 11, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    DON' T KNOW WHY SOME FANS ARE CRITISIZING MALINGA HERE . HE HAS BEEN A STANDOUT PERFORMER FOR SL OVER THE YEARS .

  • POSTED BY TORONTO123456 on | May 11, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Sulaimaan91 : My friend dont talk about rubbish i have been following cricket for 3 Decades and i know most of the players and I had seen most of the CB serious and IPL ,but you can see STILL he dont give his best to his CONTRY SRILANKA ,You can see how is Bowling current IPL and how he has bowled in Asia Cup ........ He SHOULD find a place in MUMBAIL and stay forever .............

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Well said @Judep...I feel exactly the same for Malinga...He is not wrong in choosing the right option for him and every man has the right to earn when they best can! He is a quality bowler and fits in certain formats only, so best is to continue in that..I love the way he bowls and when crowd roars "Maa-Linn-Gaa...Maa-Linn-Gaa"..

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    People are MAD who are questioning LM loyality toward country, He dont like to play Test not cricket.

    I wonder if all of you like to solve the 8-10 page intergration/derivative maths problem. But everyone dont quit to count money.

  • POSTED BY Advanced_Donkeys on | May 11, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    Congrats to Malinga! Do your best to Middlesex.

  • POSTED BY TORONTO123456 on | May 11, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    He will do his best for IPL/ county cricket but not for his COUNTRY

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    we hope malinga play T20 world cup two,three years

  • POSTED BY Sulaimaan91 on | May 11, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    koolramesh His commitment expected with the bat is to a much lesser degree than bowling and fielding but still Jayawardane is NEVER expected to bowl, Malinga along with all the 'tailenders' IS expected to bat.And in the SL team we dont have any Zaheer Khans slogging wildly no matter what.Kula,Herath,Prasad, Wela, give their best always because they value their place in the team. And I was writing about his commitment of lately, his performance with Mathews(at MCG) is more reason to be disappointed now, because he showed how he could bat if he really wanted to.

  • POSTED BY WilliamFranklin on | May 11, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    Is this actually being financed by Middlesex or Lords?

    In any case my Commiserations to Malinga if Middlesex's 2011 T20 'performances' are anything to to by!

  • POSTED BY koolramesh on | May 11, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    [Sulaimaan91 ]: Partially agree. Malinga was never threatening in th 50 Over format because of the variations the format required. He still gives the same bowling for SL T20. There is no question of lack of commitment here. When you say he doesnt do well with bat, please look his contribution with Mathews in Australia prior to worldcup (8th wicket partnetship of over 120 runs).That was a match winning knock and still remains his best. When you dont expect someone like Jayawardane to bowl, please dont expect Malinga to hang around with bat.

  • POSTED BY Sulaimaan91 on | May 11, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    judep well thats in North America, we are talking about SL here.And please dont comment without having background knowledge on SL cricket.Yes Malinga was given his place in the team on a silver platter.He didnt come through the usual system of school cricket,u-19 cricket,club cricket etc.He was just picked up by the SL coach from a net session at Galle.Thats why I think he doesnt value his place in the SL team, he didnt earn it the hard way. Although I agree with his decision to retire from Tests and play in different T20 leagues, I would love to see him give the same commitment in the field and even with the bat for SL as he does for MI.Anyone who watched the CB series and IPL 5 would see the difference.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | May 11, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    Good decision.. Even when there were no T20 leagues, Malinga's body was not allowing him to compete in tests for longer periods.. So there should be no question of commitment to nation on him anyways.. Plus, he bowls the same way in every game while representing the nation without dropping pace or style of bowling.. All he has is only some years to earn and as a fast bowler, he might break down anytime.. Why discount a chance to earn money? Good decision Mr.Malinga!

  • POSTED BY DOLON on | May 11, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    ohh, when he comes to bowl i can't stop my heart dancing 'Linga Linga MaaaaLinga' :)

  • POSTED BY lankanlioncric on | May 11, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    probably malinga will stop playing for sri lanka soon. he already said in last world cup, he will not play for SL in next WC. meaning malinga will quit playing for sri lanka this year or next year

  • POSTED BY judep on | May 11, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    Reply to ranga_s Well in North America Professional Players like Ice Hockey or Basketball players, playing for their contracted Team is the primary responsibility. Playing for the country, well it's secondary. Remember, no one gave the SL team place to Malinga in a silver platter. Malinga work hard with skill and talent to become who is today. Moreover, Malinga has ret'd from Test cricket to pro-long his career. Mind you not all Int'l cricketers can be coaches, commentators, cricket Administrators after their playing career is over. So Malinga working towards his retirement from cricket which will happen in next 2-3 years or 8-10 years. I've notice lots of hypocrite saying he is too greedy for money. Well the same self-centred would do the same if they we're in Malingas' position.

  • POSTED BY ranga_s on | May 10, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    If he gets injured hope those counties and franchises will treat him to get better and hope won't come running back to SLC, after he refused to sign the contract. To hell with SLC we all agree on that but a player should be 100% commited to play for his country...Not to play all around the world and if he has enough left to play for the country...Hope Malinga will find that balance otherwise the same stones the fans throw at SLC will be directed to Malinga as well....It's country first in SL....

  • POSTED BY HusseyForever on | May 10, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    Mali is the best bowler in T20 format. He is the only strong shoulder carrying burden of Mumbai Indians attack. He single handedly won them CL trophy last year. All the best Mali u rock!

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  • POSTED BY HusseyForever on | May 10, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    Mali is the best bowler in T20 format. He is the only strong shoulder carrying burden of Mumbai Indians attack. He single handedly won them CL trophy last year. All the best Mali u rock!

  • POSTED BY ranga_s on | May 10, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    If he gets injured hope those counties and franchises will treat him to get better and hope won't come running back to SLC, after he refused to sign the contract. To hell with SLC we all agree on that but a player should be 100% commited to play for his country...Not to play all around the world and if he has enough left to play for the country...Hope Malinga will find that balance otherwise the same stones the fans throw at SLC will be directed to Malinga as well....It's country first in SL....

  • POSTED BY judep on | May 11, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    Reply to ranga_s Well in North America Professional Players like Ice Hockey or Basketball players, playing for their contracted Team is the primary responsibility. Playing for the country, well it's secondary. Remember, no one gave the SL team place to Malinga in a silver platter. Malinga work hard with skill and talent to become who is today. Moreover, Malinga has ret'd from Test cricket to pro-long his career. Mind you not all Int'l cricketers can be coaches, commentators, cricket Administrators after their playing career is over. So Malinga working towards his retirement from cricket which will happen in next 2-3 years or 8-10 years. I've notice lots of hypocrite saying he is too greedy for money. Well the same self-centred would do the same if they we're in Malingas' position.

  • POSTED BY lankanlioncric on | May 11, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    probably malinga will stop playing for sri lanka soon. he already said in last world cup, he will not play for SL in next WC. meaning malinga will quit playing for sri lanka this year or next year

  • POSTED BY DOLON on | May 11, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    ohh, when he comes to bowl i can't stop my heart dancing 'Linga Linga MaaaaLinga' :)

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | May 11, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    Good decision.. Even when there were no T20 leagues, Malinga's body was not allowing him to compete in tests for longer periods.. So there should be no question of commitment to nation on him anyways.. Plus, he bowls the same way in every game while representing the nation without dropping pace or style of bowling.. All he has is only some years to earn and as a fast bowler, he might break down anytime.. Why discount a chance to earn money? Good decision Mr.Malinga!

  • POSTED BY Sulaimaan91 on | May 11, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    judep well thats in North America, we are talking about SL here.And please dont comment without having background knowledge on SL cricket.Yes Malinga was given his place in the team on a silver platter.He didnt come through the usual system of school cricket,u-19 cricket,club cricket etc.He was just picked up by the SL coach from a net session at Galle.Thats why I think he doesnt value his place in the SL team, he didnt earn it the hard way. Although I agree with his decision to retire from Tests and play in different T20 leagues, I would love to see him give the same commitment in the field and even with the bat for SL as he does for MI.Anyone who watched the CB series and IPL 5 would see the difference.

  • POSTED BY koolramesh on | May 11, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    [Sulaimaan91 ]: Partially agree. Malinga was never threatening in th 50 Over format because of the variations the format required. He still gives the same bowling for SL T20. There is no question of lack of commitment here. When you say he doesnt do well with bat, please look his contribution with Mathews in Australia prior to worldcup (8th wicket partnetship of over 120 runs).That was a match winning knock and still remains his best. When you dont expect someone like Jayawardane to bowl, please dont expect Malinga to hang around with bat.

  • POSTED BY WilliamFranklin on | May 11, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    Is this actually being financed by Middlesex or Lords?

    In any case my Commiserations to Malinga if Middlesex's 2011 T20 'performances' are anything to to by!

  • POSTED BY Sulaimaan91 on | May 11, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    koolramesh His commitment expected with the bat is to a much lesser degree than bowling and fielding but still Jayawardane is NEVER expected to bowl, Malinga along with all the 'tailenders' IS expected to bat.And in the SL team we dont have any Zaheer Khans slogging wildly no matter what.Kula,Herath,Prasad, Wela, give their best always because they value their place in the team. And I was writing about his commitment of lately, his performance with Mathews(at MCG) is more reason to be disappointed now, because he showed how he could bat if he really wanted to.