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Malinga signs for Middlesex

ESPNcricinfo staff

May 10, 2012

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Harbhajan Singh and Lasith Malinga celebrate Manish Pandey's wicket, Mumbai Indians v Pune Warriors India, IPL, Mumbai, April 6, 2012
Lasith Malinga has taken 20 wickets in nine games for Mumbai Indians in the IPL © AFP

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)


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

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