Sri Lanka news April 22, 2011

Lasith Malinga gives up Test cricket

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Lasith Malinga, the Sri Lankan fast bowler, has given up Test cricket because of a "long-standing degenerative condition in the right knee". He intends to continue playing the shorter formats, though, and hopes to play in the 2012 World Twenty20 and the 2015 World Cup.

Malinga, 27, made himself unavailable for the upcoming Test tour of England citing his fitness problems, but has been playing for Mumbai Indians in the IPL. Sri Lanka Cricket asked him to return home and undergo a rehabilitation programme, but Malinga has now clarified that his condition stops him from playing only the longest format.

"Although I am sufficiently fit to play both ODI and T20 cricket, I have a long-standing degenerative condition in my right knee that needs to be carefully managed," Malinga's statement read. "The condition relates directly to the chronic knee injury I sustained playing for Sri Lanka in Australia back in February 2008, an injury that prevented me from playing ODI cricket for 16 months.

"The injury was a career-threatening injury and my orthopaedic surgeon was of the opinion that given his experience with other professional athletes in Australia I was very fortunate to play again. I have since been advised by the national team physiotherapist and my orthopaedic consultant that my condition will deteriorate when fielding or bowling for prolonged periods.

"I did try to return to Test cricket after a three-year absence last year [against India] following requests from the team management and the selectors, but it left me unfit nursing severe knee pain for two months.

"I have realised that the heavy workload of Test cricket, which requires a fast bowler to be able to bowl more than 15 overs, sometimes on consecutive days, could lead to permanent injury. I have carefully considered my options and have decided that not playing Test cricket will help me achieve my goal of representing Sri Lanka in the 2012 World Twenty20 and the 2015 World Cup."

Malinga said he was available for all limited-overs internationals, and planned to travel to Sri Lanka soon to discuss his plans with the selectors.

Since his debut in July 2004, Malinga has played only 30 Tests and 84 ODIs. His slingshot round-arm action and focus on pace put a lot of strain on his body, and he was forced to miss several games. His career seemed to have stalled after the Galle Test against England in December 2007, but he returned for the series against India mid-2010. It was, however, a false dawn on his stop-start Test career.

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  • chauhanking on April 25, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    The last month has been disasterous for Sri Lankan Cricket. Sanga Stepped down, Murali retirerd, SL selection commitee quit and now this!! SL are having some major issues. But I am a bit sad to know that we will'nt see Malinga in whites. He was a very terrifyingly fast but wondreful bowler. Sri Lankan Test Cricket will miss him terriblly.

  • RohanMarkJay on April 24, 2011, 23:47 GMT

    Fully support Malinga's decision to retire from test cricket.Test cricket while the ultimate form of the game is extremely demanding. With many one day and 20/20 tournaments in the last 10 years, players burn out very quickly. The IPL is a godsend for players to financially secure their future. Also Malinga by retiring from test cricket can ensure he can fully concentrate on representing Sri lanka in the shorter formats of the game one day and twentwenty. Its a sensible sound decision for any cricketer wanting to extend their playing career for Sri Lanka as long as possible in todays international cricket environment. Well played Malinga, and I fully support your decision 100 percent!

  • FAB_ALI on April 24, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    Well the batsmen will now have one unorthodox bowler less when they next face Sri Lanka in a Test Match but its heard that they have a young fast bowler coming up who has got same slinging action. Can't say how effective he will be.

  • FAB_ALI on April 24, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    I don't know much whether its right or wrong but its definitely a sigh of relief for test batsmen around the world!!

  • on April 24, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    Final day of a Test match! only 5 overs to go 22 to be taken for the batting side, be it the best team in the world or the 8th in the ranking. For Sri Lanka, they should take 4 wickets. From here, what we see is whether Malinga is there to bowl 3 overs out of remaining five. If he were not, the side wins. If he were, there is great possibility SL might win or draw a draw. Case is as simple as that.

  • VipulPatki on April 24, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    What's wrong with his decision? He must be knowing about his economic necessities better than most of us. Going by the sad treatment given to our former players, it's absolutely okay to put finances first. And all of us would have acted the same if we're in his position.

  • P.Srikanth on April 24, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    I think it is a wise decision because in Test Cricket, a bowler needs to bowl a minimum of 20 overs a day or sometimes 30 overs in subsequent days. I think the decision is more to do with his slinging bowling action rather than knee problem because the red ball does not swing as much as the white ball and that too in sub-continental conditions. Therefore, better to concentrate on WCT20 in 2012 and WC2015 in Aus/NZ.

  • WaldermaltCricketer on April 24, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    SLCB should find out whether Malinga has a real injury. If it is real he should be allowed to play short formats. But if he is misleading SLCB & Country just because he wants to play IPL to earn MONEY, then SLCB must drop him from all formats FOREVER. But as a PUPPET of Politicians, SLCB will never make a correct decision to protect players from foreign threats like IPL. Because present SLCB is totally handled by Sri Lankan Politicians & BCCI.

  • on April 24, 2011, 3:39 GMT

    if he is not playing because of injury its fine, but if IPL has got to do something with his leaving the field from test cricket, then he should be dropped from shorter version of the games as well, because if you c the no of the one day games and T 20's he should be bowling more balls than test matches. and SL does not play more test than other test nations.

  • Meety on April 24, 2011, 1:20 GMT

    @Cricket.Buff - bear in mind Lee & Ahktar were well into their 30s when they retired from Tests. Pace bowlers CAN survive in Tests if they are managed correctly.

    Anyways sad to see Malinga go, on top of Vaas & Murali gone, SL look limited in taking 20 wickets. Like India, they will rely a lot on their batsmen!

  • chauhanking on April 25, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    The last month has been disasterous for Sri Lankan Cricket. Sanga Stepped down, Murali retirerd, SL selection commitee quit and now this!! SL are having some major issues. But I am a bit sad to know that we will'nt see Malinga in whites. He was a very terrifyingly fast but wondreful bowler. Sri Lankan Test Cricket will miss him terriblly.

  • RohanMarkJay on April 24, 2011, 23:47 GMT

    Fully support Malinga's decision to retire from test cricket.Test cricket while the ultimate form of the game is extremely demanding. With many one day and 20/20 tournaments in the last 10 years, players burn out very quickly. The IPL is a godsend for players to financially secure their future. Also Malinga by retiring from test cricket can ensure he can fully concentrate on representing Sri lanka in the shorter formats of the game one day and twentwenty. Its a sensible sound decision for any cricketer wanting to extend their playing career for Sri Lanka as long as possible in todays international cricket environment. Well played Malinga, and I fully support your decision 100 percent!

  • FAB_ALI on April 24, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    Well the batsmen will now have one unorthodox bowler less when they next face Sri Lanka in a Test Match but its heard that they have a young fast bowler coming up who has got same slinging action. Can't say how effective he will be.

  • FAB_ALI on April 24, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    I don't know much whether its right or wrong but its definitely a sigh of relief for test batsmen around the world!!

  • on April 24, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    Final day of a Test match! only 5 overs to go 22 to be taken for the batting side, be it the best team in the world or the 8th in the ranking. For Sri Lanka, they should take 4 wickets. From here, what we see is whether Malinga is there to bowl 3 overs out of remaining five. If he were not, the side wins. If he were, there is great possibility SL might win or draw a draw. Case is as simple as that.

  • VipulPatki on April 24, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    What's wrong with his decision? He must be knowing about his economic necessities better than most of us. Going by the sad treatment given to our former players, it's absolutely okay to put finances first. And all of us would have acted the same if we're in his position.

  • P.Srikanth on April 24, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    I think it is a wise decision because in Test Cricket, a bowler needs to bowl a minimum of 20 overs a day or sometimes 30 overs in subsequent days. I think the decision is more to do with his slinging bowling action rather than knee problem because the red ball does not swing as much as the white ball and that too in sub-continental conditions. Therefore, better to concentrate on WCT20 in 2012 and WC2015 in Aus/NZ.

  • WaldermaltCricketer on April 24, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    SLCB should find out whether Malinga has a real injury. If it is real he should be allowed to play short formats. But if he is misleading SLCB & Country just because he wants to play IPL to earn MONEY, then SLCB must drop him from all formats FOREVER. But as a PUPPET of Politicians, SLCB will never make a correct decision to protect players from foreign threats like IPL. Because present SLCB is totally handled by Sri Lankan Politicians & BCCI.

  • on April 24, 2011, 3:39 GMT

    if he is not playing because of injury its fine, but if IPL has got to do something with his leaving the field from test cricket, then he should be dropped from shorter version of the games as well, because if you c the no of the one day games and T 20's he should be bowling more balls than test matches. and SL does not play more test than other test nations.

  • Meety on April 24, 2011, 1:20 GMT

    @Cricket.Buff - bear in mind Lee & Ahktar were well into their 30s when they retired from Tests. Pace bowlers CAN survive in Tests if they are managed correctly.

    Anyways sad to see Malinga go, on top of Vaas & Murali gone, SL look limited in taking 20 wickets. Like India, they will rely a lot on their batsmen!

  • WestIndies1987 on April 24, 2011, 0:26 GMT

    Sadly, I think this will become more and more of a trend. More fast bowlers will start retiring from Test earlier because of the tole it takes on their bodies. The ICC must do something about the scuduele and stucture it in a way that everyone plays the same amount to prevent such occurences.Malinga will be missed in the Test arena but I think he can still play up until the 2019 WC when he will still only be 35/36.

  • on April 23, 2011, 23:38 GMT

    Guys we know malinga has a fitness issue, we see him play 1 test or 2 and then sit out. We sometimes dont c that these ppl play year out, its not like the 70's and 80's where you play 4 tests in a month and then call it a day! They play a lot, and with his action it kills his body a lot. I am 100% for playing for your country over any t20 tournament, but then you have to look at your future, he prlly has a family to look after. If quiting test cricket is his best option for his secure future, then its good for him. We should except that everyone deserves to live a good life even cricketers, If he played test cricket i bet malinga would b finished in 2 years max. Atleast now we will see him till the end of the 2015 WC or even more. Good job Malinga, its the right choice for YOUUU!

  • lagers on April 23, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    AN AMAZING ACTION THAT WILL PROBABLY NEVER BE SEEN AGAIN

  • on April 23, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    ONE OF THE GREAT FAST BOWLERS OF RECENT TIMES. WILL WE SEE ANOTHER ACTION LIKE THAT?

  • Psychopathetikka on April 23, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    Small comparison: Dale Steyn vs. Lasith Malinga. Both started in the 2003/04 season. In tests, Steyn has played 46 matches and taken 238 wickets at an average of 23.21. Malinga has played 30 matches and taken 101 wickets at an average of 33.15. In ODIs, Steyn has played 54 matches and taken 81 wickets at an average of 27.62. Malinga has played 84 matches and taken 127 wickets at an average of 26.38. What am I trying to point out? Management of resources and workload. Sri Lanka plays waaaay to many ODIs. Of course Mail's unorthodox action would have contributed more to this decision, but I think that he could have served the team at test level more if the workload was less. Is he being selfish? Absolutely. He has to be selfish in order to keep doing what he does best. So, although the timing of this decision is questionable, it probably was inevitable.

  • ash_symby on April 23, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    Thank God! No more of that irritating bowling action in test cricket. Good bye Malinga and please do not revert your decision. Try quitting all forms of cricket. Actually, he is not as great as he is made to feel he is.

  • --.-- on April 23, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    I'm NOT sure if his decision to retire from test cricket has anything to do with money but one thing is for sure, that FAST BOWLERS can not survive in test matches for longer period of time. We have witnessed what happened to Shaun Tait, Shoaib Akhtar, Brett Lee, Harmison, Flintoff or may be a few more names that I don't know, they all were fast bowlers and to extend their career they had to QUIT the longer version of game i.e. test matches. An injury to a fast bowler can END his career (this is what happened to Flintoff). Malinga is one of my favorite bowlers, I want to see him play cricket, He has taken the right decision because only he knows his body well than others. The likes of Lee, Tait, Nannes, Malinga, Akhtar are all suitable for T-20 and 50 overs matches. And one more thing, how many test matches have Malinga played since he was injured last time in 2008 ? Only 2, I guess. That tells the story ! Good luck Malinga. Would be fun watching you in T-20 World Cup.

  • stevedd on April 23, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    well guys if you are talking about pride and playing for your country this is cheap thinking and cheap stuff. one has every right to do as he pleases. how many sri lankan citizens have studied in american and british schools in sri lanka. should all not go to their own country schools. is there only malinga in the entire country. will sri lanka loose all their matches without murli. these guys who are against malinga are all pessimistics.

  • on April 23, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    I believe, that for his own pride sake, if he is not fully fit, he should also quit from this IPL year. So, the fan doesn't get angry and can realize and feel the same as he is.

  • KosalaDeSilva on April 23, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    Here we go..i can remember that some great players comments on IPL when it started..they said it can be the end of gentlemen game. what ever we think it's very clear that all attracted to IPL like bees to the flower (may be flower is too nice word for IPL) I think other hand it's good we can see who are really play for their country and who's not.I must say that i respect what I heard form former test player Ian Harvey , "every players dream is playing for their country above all other things" May be we better off with players who love the game than money.they will improve with willingness and respect for the game and for their country .Same time party makers and DJ and half naked dancers can maintain their parties for their levels market and the audience.Thats a matter of taste. It's so funny i can remember about university days when we protest against privatise ,warning good lectures will leave national universities for money and it will ruin education. Here the bigger example.

  • womic on April 23, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    good decision lasith...want to see u firing the batsman toes in odis good luck for future.

  • jonesy2 on April 23, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    ah first bracken now malinga. shame

  • Mervo on April 23, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    It makes one realise how good the action is that Brett lee has that he can bowl so long. Well done Lasif.

  • on April 23, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    WE SHOULD APPRECIATE MALINGA THAT HE IS AVAILABLE FOR 50 OVERS AND T20 HE RESPECT SL BOARD & COUNTRY, U CAN SEE ONLY IN STAGE IS THEY CAN EARN MONEY, SL MOST PLAYERS ARE NOT RICH,IN THIS ONLY THEY CAN BECOME RICHER & POPULAR TO WORLD.EVN U SEE NUWAN ONE STAGE HE IS ICC RATING NO#1 BOWLER IN THE WORLD, NOW U SEE HE IS IN THE BENCH EVEN MALINGA NOT BEEN THE WORLD NO# 1 BOWLER MURALI SHOULD NOT GIVEN A CHANCE TO PLAY , INSTEAD OF THEY CAN REPLACE VASS,HE IS DOING WELL IN COUNTY, EVEN IN SL COMMITEE THEY WERE RICHER THAN PLAYERS, WHY THEY SCREWING THESE PLAYERS ICC & BCCI SHOULD BE FIXED A DATE THAT NOBODY HAVE MATCHES EVEN THOUGH THE COUNTRY SHOULD NOT FIX ANY MATCHES WHEN IPL IS GOING ON,THEN EVERY BODY WILL AHPPY

    SUDDENLY MAHELA & SANGA RESIGNED FROM TEST WHAT THE BOARD WILL DO THAT IS THERE DECISION ,THEY CANNOT FORCE THEM BOARD WILL REPLACE SOME OTHER PLAYERS, SHOULDNT DEPEND ON INDIVIDUAL PLAYERSS

    EX JAYASURIYA HE DIDNT QUIT FROM 50 OVERS, DID THEY CALL NO

  • on April 23, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    WELL PLAYER CAN DECIDES HIS CAREER, NOT THE BOARD. AND THE BOARD CANNOT EXPECT THE PLAYER TO DANCE TO THEIR TUNES. AND BOARD SHOULD NOT DICTATE THE TERMS TO THE PLAYERS. EVERY PLAYER HAS THEIR OWN LOVE TOWARDS THE COUNTRY AND PLAYING FOR COUNTRY. EVERY PLAYERS PRIDE IS PLAYING FOR THE COUNTRY . THIS FEELING IS UNIQUE. AT THE SAME TIME EVERY PLAYER HAS ALSO SELF RESPECT. THE BOARDS HAVE TO SIT AND TALK TO THE PLAYERS BEFORE COMMING TO CONCLUSIONS. I THINK, WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE WEST INDIES BOARD AND SLC IS THE MISCOMMUNICATIONS. THE BOARD CAN DIRECT THE PLAYERS BASED ON THEIR MEMBERS EXPERIENCE OF THEIR PAST EXPERIENCE IN INTERNATINAL ARENA. BUT COMMANDING WILL DEFINTLY SHATTER THE PLAYER'S CONFIDENCE ON BOARD,, WHICH RESULTS IN CONFUSSION IN THE TEAM, WHICH LEAD TO SPLITS IN THE TEAM. I WISH THE BOARDS SHOULD TALK TO PLAYERS FREELY BY UNDERSTANDING THEIR CAREERS AND FUTURES.

  • Knightriders_suck on April 23, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    MI is reportedly paying Malinga $3Mn per year. Can SLC guarantee that much in lifetime? They pushed him into a corner he decided to respond by retiring. enjai madi.

  • dk12345 on April 23, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    good decisin from malinga.. test match not like 50 or 20 overs matches.. if anything happen 2 his knee who will going 2 look after his family.. now a days without money u cant do anything...arjuna brought the world cup in 1996 what happen 2 him now.. even his not in the SLC board n government kick off him....every one love 2 play for coutry but end of the day no one get single penny from country...best of luck malinga.. do ur best as usual..always take ur own decison.....

  • Sowndar.mage on April 23, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    I appreciate malinga's decision, Finally money will be the part of life malinga proved,now what will do SL cricket board ,they think to threaten him to pull back their country, No one understand 5day test match is different from 7 hours 20/20 match only he will bowl 4 over but test min 15 over/day,end of the match 30 to 40 overs or more to be bowl and field also.See gayle earn last match karbon commal catch 1lak.dlf max six 1 lak,man of the match 1lak with in 7 hours is possible his country cricket,see dear friends off course country cricket is impoetent,so that is players decision,if you want to stop ban your players playing in IPL don't do after everything finish when match on going time call them back, welcome IPL more domestic players is waiting to prove,MALINGA IS GREAT

  • eZoha on April 23, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    It sets bad precedence.... No wonder we didn't see Sri Lanka giving their 100% in the final of the world cup. It means less to them now.

  • COOLANKA on April 23, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    he has very difficult bowling action so if he plays test cricket, he will not able to play next world cup....we need him in 2015, so his decision is right....

  • on April 23, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    Any street smart can do this, like pollard or gayle(not available for their country). What they earn in IPL in two months or in a season contract may not equal in life time of TEST cricket playing in Srilankan currency. If he work for 2 months hard in IPL then can take rest and enjoy for remaining 10 months. I hope in every industry of bussiness this type of IPL work comes up, so we all can enjoy same benefits. I lOVE IPL. I support Maling decision.

  • kalins on April 23, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    End of days for cricket in SL. Seems like something is really going wrong in cricket there. When Politics play sports this is the way it will be. SL going to be like another ZIM. We will wait and see. Hope SL can stand as Lions always. Let the scarecrows step back and let the cricket shine as it should be. Malinga is one of the dangerous baller in SL and he is proving his capability always.

  • rodox28 on April 23, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    Interesting article in a Sinhala newspaper today on the issue. Quoting the surgeon the article says the injury is in the ankle (not knee) and needs adequate rest and rehabilitation before he plays test cricket. He never says the injury will prevent Malinga from playing test cricket in future. Key word "adequate rest and rehabilitation". Thats exactly what SLC wanted him to do.

  • Drinkscarrier on April 23, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    He will be playing T20 and ODIs , that's the good news. So lets sit back and enjoy this wonderful player in action while is still paying

  • pushpitha on April 23, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    Niwan Pradeep must be in the playing 11. He can ball 140+ & has slinging action like malinga

  • on April 23, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    Health Is Wealth ,Regarding Malinga Or any one else who is playing any kind of games if he is not fit he cannot play or the selection commitee will not include him the team,even a club, No body can force any body to play ,example sangakara resigned from captaincy did any body force him u should captain or treat him to be a captain even if he resigned nobody can tell any ,because he has done his duty to his country , So first in my opinion the players first they should give their choice to country but if a player is telling that i am unfit to play the commite should except it,they cannot force them look vass they should give a chance to him instead of murali he is injured if malinga cannot play they should go for another one . example without malinga if any other bowler if he does well ,then malinga wan"t to be un bench even if he fit, malinga has taken correct decision, if he is injured nobody is going to look after his family pention scheme is should be in cricket,

  • asim900 on April 23, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    well what a mockery of a statement by Malinga...He is available to play useless IPL and cant play for country.If he has so much problems with his knee than he should quit IPL too...Gayle did the same.Malinga thinks that by taking IPL wickets will make him a world beater but in reality he is an overrated bowler.What he did in the final when there was the time for him to deliver against the best.Same goes for Gayle who is pressing his claim for selection after hitting a century in IPL which is never to international standards where you have to face lot of pressure..

  • 9ST9 on April 23, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    During the 1st Test between SL and India last year - Muralis Last Test , Malinga proved to be the ultimate destroyer - giving hope that after Murali there was indeed more bowling fire power. But of course with this it all becomes a false glimmer of hope.

  • dsig3 on April 23, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    Sounds like a degenerative heart condition to me

  • on April 23, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    It's surely the IPL effect!!!

  • rajithwijepura on April 23, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    Finally money speaks louder than patriotism.

  • on April 23, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    I think SLC has forced him to retire.....,,,, these days cricket and money goes together look at all other major sports NFL,NHL,NBA, PGA,Tennis,FA cup, it is money you can say put country 1st BUT it never happens always ------- let me put is like this way SLC jealously look at Malinga's success in IPL and thought why can't play Test cricket ok if SLC really wants him they should have to deal this better way not sending letters back and forth in public made him angry. why can't they deal with smoothly......... Malinga knows his success and slapped the SLC with bouncer at last we missed our great guy in test........... BRAVO Mendis Good Luck Malinga

  • on April 23, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    This decision has got nothing to do with money. Malinga's can't handle test match cricket and that's the end of that. He tried to make a comeback at the end of last year but his body could not sustain the pressure of test match cricket. I think its the right decision to prolong his playing career and hats off to him.

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on April 23, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    for me malinga is one of the best odi and t20 bowlers in the world..and ppl plz do not blame IPL for his decision.even before IPL he was never a permanent fixture in the Test arena..it is better for him to play shorter versions and prolong the career.plz bowl toe crushing yorkers..but not to Indians:))...I am sure SL and India will go through a phase where seniors will retire and younger players will take their place at that time they may lose few matches plz then do not blame the players same thing happened with Australia in mid 80's when border was made captain of australia. so even if a team loses dont blame them or pass comments instead support them..Time has come for Asia to rule the world

  • JustIPL on April 23, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    He wants to continue IPL ahead of national duties that's why retired from test cricket.

  • on April 23, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    since they did not mention retired from test cricket......why is it that i feel he will be OK after the IPL.

  • BadMoodHesh on April 23, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    The wierdest thing is that SL cricket fans understand the fact that Malinga risks career threatening injury playing test matches and the cricket administration doesn't get that!!! Shouldn't it be the other way around? Shouldn't it be that the fans want to see their cricketers play no matter what and the cricket board be concerned about their employees???

  • Latha2620 on April 23, 2011, 3:15 GMT

    Test cricket is obviously more demanding than ODIs or T20. Malinga is the best person to know wat his body can take or not & if he feels he wont b able to perform in test cricket then wats d harm in him retiring 4m test to prolong his career in other formats? some of the comments above seem harsh on Malinga. he has served his country well. ppl need to appreciate & respect his decision. hasn't shaun tait done the same thing? besides fast bowlers r more prone to injuries & they need to take care of themselves.

  • on April 23, 2011, 3:03 GMT

    I think Malinga made the right decision at right time which will allow him to serve Sri Lanka in ODI'S and T20 for a longer period.

  • on April 23, 2011, 2:53 GMT

    you have done a lot for sri lankan cricket.....we like to see you play for more years to come ..... thats ur call....good luck for your 20/20 and 50 overs game for sri linka .....but dont sell your talant for money..

  • on April 23, 2011, 2:44 GMT

    This T20 format killing 50 over and longer version of cricket. i am anxious.

  • NGayanP on April 23, 2011, 1:43 GMT

    @Vichan: There is no 'ultimate' form of cricket. Saying that tests are superior to T20 is like saying Formula 1 is superior to rally driving. Different people like and are good at different things. As a Sri Lankan - as much as I want Malinga to play all three formats, I know that it will result in him being injured most the time - thus tests are not suitable for his bowling style. To prolong his cricket career he has to make retire from tests and focus on the shorter versions of the game - as he is much more effective in short bursts.

  • on April 23, 2011, 1:23 GMT

    So what if he wants to take the money??? He is looking after himself and his family. This is the same situation for any1 who has a job. If a better offer came along woodnt u take it??? This bloke came from the streets and has now made something of himself. Is it wrong for him to want to look after himself???

  • on April 23, 2011, 1:05 GMT

    @landl47 dont worry mate..we have another couple of malingas,muralis..come from the ranks...there are enough talent in the bench.to take wickets..wait and see...

  • on April 23, 2011, 0:56 GMT

    He served his country well .Good luck to him in the future. Whenever Lasith bowled he was sure to give 110 percent and for this cricket fans are grateful.

  • landl47 on April 22, 2011, 23:19 GMT

    Without Malinga, Murali and Mathews, SL is really going to struggle in England this year. It's hard to imagine those who are left getting England out twice.

  • boeman on April 22, 2011, 22:24 GMT

    Charlie Austin writes very good statements I must say ......

  • on April 22, 2011, 22:10 GMT

    Good Example is Andrew Flintoff, It's the same knee injury that made him leave all forms of cricket early. I think Malinga made the right decision.

  • Mutukisna on April 22, 2011, 21:52 GMT

    I fully understand Malinga's decision to retire from Test Cricket, sad though it is to us Sri Lankan fans. Lets not forget that it is his livelihood. If SLC want him to play in all forms of Cricket they should take out an insurance policy on his future potential earnings, with Malinga as the beneficiary and pay the insurance premium themselves. Even this is not fair as the lad enjoys his game and wants to play as long as possible. A fast bowler's life, particularly one with his unique action, is short. I suspect that Sangakkara and Mahela decided to resign from the captaincy and vice captaincy respectively because they realise that SL without Murali and Malinga will find it difficult, if not impossible, to bowl a side out twice in Test Cricket - a throwback to pre Murali days! Where are the 20 wickets going to come from? Lets hope the batsmen bat as long as possible on the England tour as a series draw would in fact be a victory considering the current SL bowling strength.

  • Max6 on April 22, 2011, 21:29 GMT

    Any cricketer/sportsman can know what it takes to bowl 10 overs in ODI, or 4 overs in T20. May be his decision is right., that he can't bowl more., but wish him good health to return to test cricket. Malinga we need you in Tests.

  • on April 22, 2011, 21:13 GMT

    i predict that in next 10 years , there will be very less international cricket , scenario will be same as football , players will be busy in playing their respective clubs all around the world

  • on April 22, 2011, 21:03 GMT

    We dont want anothar Sohib Akthar, the current work load a International player have to face in the international calander and been the only match winner in SL balling team after muralis' retirement it is the correct decesion. There is a different balling four overs per match or 15 -20 per day in a test match.we would love to see him in Test matches but when he get injuried people forget so soon.We had promising fast bollers who were side line due to injury,ppl totaly forget them afterwards,Romesh rathnayake, Dulip liyanage and Prabath Nissanka,do most of us even remeber them Wish you all the best Malli for your future.

  • balajik1968 on April 22, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    When I saw Malinga for the first time, I felt he would be injury prone because his action posed a tremendous physical strain. It has proved so because he has been more out with injury than in. Maybe the timing of Malinga's decision smells, but it may also be true. Tait is a different case altogether. The man was hyped to blow India away in Perth 2008. He ran into a determined batting lineup, and handled failure badly. He does not play first class cricket, the main reason he is not able to handle 50 over cricket. He plays only 20-20 at the Australian domestic level and hence is not match-fit. Bond came into cricket very late. He had a lovely action, but it took its toll. A period where he was handled badly by NZC saw him in ICL. By the time he came back to international cricket he was 34, time for most fast bowlers to hang up their boots. An injury precipitated the decision.

  • Quazar on April 22, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    Test cricket will miss Malinga. But good luck to him in T20s and ODIs... fantastic bowler to watch!

  • espncric123 on April 22, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    Good decision by Malinga. If he thinks that he can not play in tests due to fitness, nobody can argue with him. Hope he will concentrate on ODIs and T20s and come up with some wonderful performances to his country.

  • RamanJudge on April 22, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    Now that IPLis there, no of players will suffer from degenerative conditions, just watch...

  • Indike on April 22, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    We all knew that Lasith Malinga has been having this severe knee injury. And Malinga was trying to keep his options open to play Test Match Cricket when he's hundred percent fit.

    Publicly calling Malinga's actions "awkward" what did the Dulip Mendis & "Jokers" expect from that.

    Now because of the "puppet & jokers" of SLC, Malinga won't be playing Test Match Cricket even when he's hundred percent fit.

  • on April 22, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    everyone said , ipl will destroy international cricket , proof is here , flintoff did`nt sign contract saying he wants to play as free player , pollard not willing to play for wi ,shane bond left test cricket , everyone is running after ipl

  • xylo on April 22, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    In response to the IPL luring Malinga from SL cricket, BCCI has decided to gift Sreesanth to SL.

  • bibhutiking on April 22, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    the money involved in IPL is ruining the game. Its just the greed that Malinga is opting out of test cricket and playing for Mumbai Indians instead. Its shame. Srilanka Cricket Board Must take a strong action against these kind of players.

  • enigma77543 on April 22, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    @sunshekar - "any game should always have winner and a loser. That is what drives the audience. In addition, it should occur over a span, which can be comfortably viewed by the audience. Test cricket blatantly breaks the above norms. What is the point of putting so much effort over 5 days, if the game ends as a draw?" You're completely missing the obvious, draws is what makes cricket unique in a way that a team can avoid the humiliation of a defeat & thus allows a poor team to at least save a match instead of merely losing it. Further, the assumption that all draws are boring is inherently flawed, only those where pitches are totally flat are usually boring but that's an issue of poor administration, not that of Test-cricket itself. Further, it's NOT all about winning & losing, if it was then why would people watch any sport, instead they'd've just read the news about who won/lost after the game, but obviously, they want to "live the moment" so its NOT just about winning/losing.

  • babarzia on April 22, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    some people here are celeberating the death of test cricket on the charges of it being pointless, boring, un athletic. The same people enjoy the result oriented fast paced, and extremely entertaining 20 20 cricket in general and IPL in particular. I suspect that these same people would rather prefer a bigmac over fine dining, a slam bang thank you maam session over a spiritual experience, pool over billiards, and should be ecstactic if they start following baseball. Test cricket is a test of your skill, stamina, concentration, technique, perseverence, and above it all your character. Legends of the game rose above it all and were super men in all these categories pointed above. T 20 is good for giggles, for celebirity owners to prance around, and ofcourse for cricketers to make their families secure. IPL is indian so their schedules never conflict with it and ICC should re arrange the FTP so cricketers from other countries can participate without having to make difficult choices.

  • ARad on April 22, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    This decision has to be respected considering that a fast bowler with recurring injuries would not have a very long career so he does need to manage it well and make something that will support the rest of his life. I watch IPL too but it is like eating FAST FOOD. People who get too excited by IPL (as opposed to watch it when there is no better Cricket around) are people with INFERIOR TASTE who doesn't know the difference between good food and bad food. Malinga should also realize that being a chef in a fast food restaurant will only give you fame among people with INFERIOR TASTE.

  • on April 22, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    Malinga, you are indeed the bowler India was most afraid of in the final of world cup recetly concluded this is in spite of Murlitharan in the team.

    If my memory serves me right you have taken out Sachin many times by your swing and pace .I think you were also envolved in catching or preventing six while fieldind in the deep by your acrobatic fielding requiring review of the rule far catching on the boundry line inspite of crossing the boundry.

    It is really very hard on you to play with your present state of knee injury nevertheless still opting to play shorter version of game shows your love for the game and high spirit.We all must applaud for you and pray so that you recover fully as early as possible

  • Black_Rider on April 22, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    @ Ishan Ranaweera::You are correct macho..We know how he loves to play for SriLanka.His injury is serious.I saw his last test in Galle where he bowled short spells and went off the fields for several times.We need you in the 2015 WC..Good luck Lasith......

  • Hassan.Farooqi on April 22, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    If K.Akmal had not dropped two catches in three balls to finish Shoaib's career, it looked very logical that a fast bowler not fit enough for Test Matches can still be useful in ODI or at least T20. Lucky for Malinga that Sri Lanka does not have a K.Akmal and he can continue to be an asset for SL in ODI and T20, and a treat for all other non-SL Malinga fans.

  • manish053 on April 22, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    It is too early.Reason told by Malinga may be true but I think defying of him by srilankan board also include in this decision. It is seen in past that players used to retire from one day cricket t play test match now this is turned around players are retiring from test match to play in short format. So far as injury is concern it is harmful to play in short format with injury. Cricke boards should care their players who gives all energy to the nation and if they do not care then this sot of decisions are come in light.

  • on April 22, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    Why cant he just announce his retirement from Test cricket instead of all these stories. Still dont see any news on this...

  • on April 22, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    Maybe the timing of his retirement will raise issues,but otherwise he never was a regular test bowler.So retirement is not a big deal.

  • SKKhan on April 22, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    Well whether he retired for money or not there is nothing coming out of that debate, he ain't playing tests for sure, the boards around the world are losing players they spent money on to more money, so in order to recoup the board's money they should put a clause in the upcoming/future player's central contract of 20% cut in the player's salaries from overseas domestic leagues. This way board will also get to see the money they spent on making the player. If ICC can ban ICL for monetary reasons then other boards should do something as well to recoup their losses.

  • on April 22, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    Fitness of Malinga is always a concern for SL Cricket Board. Because of their limited resources they rely heavily on a few Talented cricketers like Malinga,Sanga,Mahela etc. They need these guys to play as well as guide youngsters. Sanga and Mahela will play this role in Batting Dept but bowlers like Malinga are required to do that in bowling Dept(Especially in Test Cricket where Skill and Patience play a key role to pick up wickets).Now since he anounced his retirement from Tests, SL team doesn't have a bowling Spearhead and that's going to hurt them in England Tour.

  • India2world on April 22, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    just play one farewell test............

  • on April 22, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    It should be TIT FOR TAIT.After all, he did what Tait did.I still cant understand why Tait retired from 50 overs.And that too for T20. It is ironical that once ppl thought masses dont like Test Cricket while players respect it & now we hav players ignoring it while the masses still love it...

  • on April 22, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    I would rather have Malnga play another 3-4 years of ODIs and T20s than forcing him to play test cricket and losing him to the injury forever! so well done Lasith! ignore the idiots who are trying to make you look like some kind of a traitor!

  • Balamurali on April 22, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    I've been following cricket since 1969 when the great GR Viswanath made his debut. I see a lot negative comments about IPL and I wonder why.

    Most of the Indian cricketers including SRT, Dravid and VVS play in IPL and they have not given up test cricket. If some players quit test cricket, if anything, blame them and NOT IPL.

    In all honesty, WICB has simply dumped Gayle and in his place, I would done the same thing in joining IPL. Cricket, these days, is a professional sport and I don't see anything wrong if players choose IPL or county cricket to earn their wages. COUNTRY, of course, comes first but if the COUNTRY ignores you, grab what ever opportunities that come your way.

    IPL is very competitive and on anyday a lot better than those meaningless oneday bilateral serries. Worldcup has just ended and what was the purpose of having a 3 match series between Aus and B'desh. FTP and every board should set aside a window for IPL so all countries can take part.

  • vichan on April 22, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    What he is saying is that he does not want to represent his country in the ultimate format of the game. But he has 'decided' to still take part in the shorter formats. Fine...this chap (and others of his ilk) can decide whatever they like. But they should not be picked for their countries in ANY format of the game. It should be up to national selectors to decide whether a player is unsuitable for a certain format, NOT for the player to pick and choose based on what he, or his wallet, likes. Players such as this should be free to go and play in the IPL and make themselves as rich as possible. That's fine, and their choice. But playing for ones country as often as possible (in the short career of a professional cricketer) is worth much more than that. After all, everyone commenting on this forum would play for their countries FOR FREE. In fact, I would PAY myself to represent my own country. Decisions like this are a damning indictment on pride in ones own nation in my opinion.

  • on April 22, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    forget 5 day game.. earning quick money is important... instead of 5 days can play 5 ipl games..

  • on April 22, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    i really can not understand what to say.........

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 22, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    WELL DONE Malinga !! You have made the right choice. Test cricket or country will not help you in any way when your body is broken. On the contrary your services to MI will keep you in good stead. You get to play cricket as well earn good pay which is the way it should be in the modern day. All is not lost though. You will continue to serve Sri Lanka in one day internationals. Looking forward to more toe crushers from you buddy.

  • sunshekar on April 22, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    "Posted by Nipaos on (April 22 2011, 13:50 PM GMT) Cricket is surely being killed by money-structured IPL. I don't understand what IPL has to offer to cricket."

    IPL offers entertainment; Why will a normal person watch a sport if it is not entertaining. So rather than, what it offers to cricket, the better question is whether it offers entertainment to the audience.

  • Lord.emsworth on April 22, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    What most persons in this forum and elsewhere are missing in this scenerio is that this may the begining of the end of Test cricket which has been ailing for some time now. In this modern and fast-moving world hardly anyone has the time to watch a cricket match for five days. Even money- wise test cricket doesnt pull in its weight. Additionally the olympic games require the shorter game format. Sorry, all you old legends and other Test cricket lovers but one has to move ahead and keep up with the times.

  • on April 22, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    Well if malinga is not fit for test cricket , he is not fit .Let him do what he can do for Srilanka, the way he can.No one should push him. Srilankan cricket board will not pay him if he becoms an invalid.will they

  • Ozcricketwriter on April 22, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    His ODI and T20 records are better anyway. Plus, of course, there is more money in T20 than in tests.

  • sunshekar on April 22, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    A general comment : any game should always have winner and a loser. That is what drives the audience. In addition, it should occur over a span, which can be comfortably viewed by the audience. Test cricket blatantly breaks the above norms. What is the point of putting so much effort over 5 days, if the game ends as a draw? Why will anyone want to watch such a game? Audiences have jobs, schools, chores to attend. Will they give up their livelihood, for watching 5 days of a game, which ends in a draw?

    You make the call : which is better? the above 5 day format or a one-day format, which yields results, finishes in a day, can be scheduled on a week-end for the general audience etc.

    I close with a line from the ancient poet Kalidasa, wherein he says that, "Old is not the best; Do not bring down something, just because it is new; A smart chap will decide and decide which is better; A fool will take the advice of others blindly"

  • on April 22, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    Money wins! Never though malinga will come up with such a excuses!

  • on April 22, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    u might earn more money by this but u r surely gona loose respect, best of luck by the way, dont forget to meet ur finance consultant before ur doctor

  • on April 22, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    I dont blame Malinga; this is not the first time he is retiring from test Cricket. Last time Political powers make him play test again. Still he is available for shorter versions.

    Sad part is Money & IPL........

    But he need to earn; because he has a life after Cricket. Just look at what happend to Crickters who were not in world cup winning team.

  • on April 22, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    t20 wins against test match..

  • xylo on April 22, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    ah... the regenerative money condition. he might as well have sent a letter, "As I am suffering from degenerative knee condition, please grant me leave until the end of IPL."

  • on April 22, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    Really screwed up by SLCB... I am not the biggest fan of T20 or IPL but I don't understand why people here are getting emotional and blaming the IPL... the SL board first gave the NOC till 20th and then retracted and then again retracted while questioning Malinga's loyalty- He had made himself unavailable for tests for a long time and questioning your own player's loyalty and that too in public will drive him to take disastrous steps.

  • Stark62 on April 22, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    With sooooo much technology around today, I'm sure he could've seen a doctor before making this decision and especially when, their main bowler Murli has retired.

  • alawakazz on April 22, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    nope .. nt a gd dccn 2 all... mayb not at a good tym... he shuld've wait tl the end of IPL.. a Best bowler.. but not a good thinker I guess...

  • on April 22, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    Its sad to hear these kind of stories. One side its money other side it is poor cricket administration. If I am correct, few years ago Malinga tried to retire from test and administrators forced him to play test. In his interview that time he told that he will play shorter version of game. I think Malinga is correct based on these circumstances.

    But; if its money concerns..............?

  • Master_Mihil on April 22, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    Those commenters here don't have any cricketing brain.Unlike some great fast bowlers of all time(wasim,Donald,Walsh). Today faster bowlers (145+) always are in threat of injury because of the amount of cricket they play these days. Lot of fast bowlers are facing injury problems.Some have retired because of that.(Bond,Bracken,Akhthar,Tait) Their bodies can't handle that amount of speed over a prolonged period of time.because they are manufactured bowlers.The gifted bowlers have gone on to be legends of the game. Today every fast bowler is complaining about injury(malinga,Tait,lee,balaji) So, know your cricket.It's easy for you to say to play test cricket in the comfort of your home, but it's the players that play.Malinga's logic is sound.Given his unorthodox action some people even doubted he would last. He lasted thus because he was careful. A bowlers worst nightmare is getting injured and rehabilitation.

  • Anuja_Mihindukulasuriya on April 22, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    As I predicted.. premature Test retirement owing to the jealous set of past cricketers at SLC handling administration with no sense of player management. If given the freedom to play in IPL we could have still seen Mainga in tests in Australia or New Zealand on suited pitches but the immature and bitter administration headed by a Dulip Mendis gave Malinga no choice but to retire.. Well done Malinga. Let the stupid adminsitrators eat humble pie at home. The likes of Dulip Mendis and Arjuna are pure jealous past cricketers who coudnt get the same financial opportunituies as the current players and hence the display of fake patriotism in asking SL plaers to leave IPL early. Now they ve forced Malinga to retire as he had no choice as he clearly wanted to complete his contract for the Mumbai Indians. Sri Lnakan crcicket will not go anywhere with a bunch of jokers and bitter past cricketers handling players. You now see why Sanga and Co resigned. Its unbelievable that the SL still performs

  • rcjunk123 on April 22, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    Yes, agree with others. He knows his body better than anybody. If Shorter version games like ODI/T20 keeps him fit to play for longer years, I would rather see him what he's good insetead of lazy, no-result TEST mathes.

  • on April 22, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    Well done Malinga!! I was expecting this!! You will see more and more players skipping test cricket..for prolonging their career in T20 and Onedays.. And one day TEST cricket will be laid to rest!! If that happens, i am the happiest man on the earth!!

  • Bcvs on April 22, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    Ok,a lot of people are complaining that IPL is killing cricket but why don't you think about the cricketers and their famlies for a minute. What would you have done,if you were in his shoes? Move on...

  • rcjunk123 on April 22, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    I totally support Malinga on this decision. I never liked TEST cricket, it's more like Senior's Golf. ODI & T20 are the future. You play for 5-days, with hardly enough audience & the worst NO RESULT, ends in DRAW. If they need keep not more than 2-TEST matches in a Series. So that it'll be more like practice session. Go Malinga, good decision and Money is also important. Why not, are folks opposing Malinga' decision I dare to ask them None of them went saw him in TEST match and talk about Country first, money later...tha's all bias.

  • abuu_cricinfo on April 22, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    whats up with fast bowlers these days???? breaking down like china pots!!!!!

  • on April 22, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    Very bad decision Malinga..Aferall, you went behind money..How come you forgot your country? Anyways, all the best for your IPL...

  • nikhildevdesai on April 22, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    I hate the IPL, never watch it, never will. Killing quality cricket, losing players like Gayle, Malinga, and many other greats, greed has gained over love for playing for country, sad but true.

  • Majoreg on April 22, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    I hope administrators around the world are noting an interesting precedent being set here. So Malinga at the ripe old age of 27 retires from the top tier of international cricket. Subject to fitness he could plausibly be available for another 8 to 10 seasons of the IPL. this is not far fetched look at Warne and Gilchrist in the 40+ age bracket! With the money available to young players now they have to decide whether they are satisfied with the acclaim of record books or go for the financial security of T20 competitions in the big markets. So here's the new tradition; play about 5 - 10 years of test cricket get to about 50 - 75 test, bowl, bat and particularly field well to catch the eye of the IPL teams then retire to preserve your longevity for the big money of the shortest game. I'm sure some of the greats would secretly not mind trading a few records for some of the millions being raked in by relative statistical non entities like Kieron Pollard and Shaun Tait!

  • djdrastic on April 22, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    Lulz , I hope the ICC is taking note regarding the IPL circus.This is frankly ridiculous . Female Tennis players seem to have a longer career lifespan than bowlers these days.

  • on April 22, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    Finally...he thrown away test cricket because of political cricket.Boark must to talk to players before making any anniuncements. We need to give respect individual players ability and dont think they are playing for money.All of us want to see malinga and gayle playing as long as possible, They are real and strong professionals

  • TheGecko on April 22, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    @Nipaos: As everybody can clearly see, the IPL has offered a new life to injury prone bowlers like Malinga and Tait. Instead of killing themselves by playing Test cricket for hours and hours, they get a chance to earn as well as play cricket. Isn't that good enough? Don't bowlers like Steyn and Morkel play both IPL and tests? Its because they can hold their bodies together, which unfortunately, bowlers like Malinga cannot. And anyway, Malinga retired due to the pressure applied from the Sri Lankan Board, not due to IPL.

  • on April 22, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    Bad Idea, Becouse of Lot of Money from IPL, Big Bash, etc. they don't want to engaged, get busy or tired. IPL Moneey is more than enough for living.......

  • on April 22, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    i completely agree with charindra and quite frankly i dont understand why most of the folks here are angry with him and ipl. Its not a condition that he has fabricated from no where. This has been troubling him for more than a couple of years and above that he has shown passion whenever playing for sri lanka. I feel its really unfair to accuse him of being money hungry. Its a logical decision considering his physical capabilities which he knows better than any of us muttering non sense in here. He is a true maveric which the game needs. His 4 in 4 remains one of the best clips in my memory of cricket genious. So lets wish this chap luck rather than curse. May he provide many more moments of genious.

  • on April 22, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    Undstanable, is the Cricket board can't manage you, then you have to manage your self.

  • on April 22, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    Why slog for 5 days in the sun and earn half the sum when u can have double the fun in a 3 hr 20-20 and double the sum

  • on April 22, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    fair enuf and u'll see a lot more guys doing this with IPl around now

  • on April 22, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    I admire this guy. The message is clear and precise.

  • on April 22, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    Once again, money talks....and this time it is VERY LOUDLY.

  • on April 22, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    Understandable and expected that you will call it a day in longer version....All srilankans wants you to continue as long as you could(hope till 2015) as you are the key bowler for us in 50 & 20...

  • on April 22, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    good decision, Test cricket is difference ball game... you need to field for sometime 2 days and more... you need to 100% fit to play test cricket...

  • Roar911 on April 22, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    'Usain Bolt's can't run marathons.... test cricket gonna miss those toe crushers/broken bats/wickets.... goodluck Slinga \m/

  • on April 22, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    Well done Malinga!! You will get honrary citizenship of Mumbai for lifetme now.i

  • Nipaos on April 22, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    Cricket is surely being killed by money-structured IPL. I don't understand what IPL has to offer to cricket.

  • on April 22, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    Malinga has truly been one of the most unorthodox but effective bowler in world cricket!! However, yet another cricketer shortening his stint as a test player-- thanks to old age 'insurance' policy of IPL! :)

  • Nipaos on April 22, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    Well down Malinga. IPL wins.

  • on April 22, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    Money money money money money!

  • rockz.andy on April 22, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    Tit for tat..Take a bow Well done malinga! Now Srilanka urges England Cricket board to cancel the test tour and ask them to start with T20 and ODI's SO THAT THEY CAN GIVE SHOW THEIR PREDOMINANCE :) ANYHOW THATS NOT GONNA HAPPEN malinga showed the way

  • SL_Boy on April 22, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    Well done Malinga ... this is the right way to go first it you then country and any thing. if you can ball, ... you are nothing, great way to go try to stay till 2015.

  • evenflow_1990 on April 22, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    perfectly understandable. i wish him all the best and may he win us many more limited overs matches in the future!

  • Charindra on April 22, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    Finally, a clear statement. Best of luck Malinga, and may you be able to win us many, many more matches with those deadly yorkers. Everything about him is more suited to the shorter formats of the game, from the bowling style to the hair. So why not let him focus on that. IPL is just 4 overs, and no real batting for him. No big deal. Let the poor guy make some money and have some fun! He has done a lot for SL cricket.

  • on April 22, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    Good decision! I think he understand his body well. All of us want to see him playing as long as possible.

  • on April 22, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    ".........Malinga said he was available for all limited-overs internationals........." now what if the ODI's preceded the tests in England?

  • on April 22, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    No impact on sri lankan test cricket. He was never successful in test arena. But its sure that he announced retirement now, only to play in ipl.

  • NP_NY on April 22, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    About time he announced it. He's too good a bowler in the shorter formats and not healthy enough for the rigors of test matches. Probably also had enough of SLC messing around with him, giving him the NOC first and then demanding him back.

  • on April 22, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    Posted by Clint Nelson

    Is it that Malinga's medical advisors are saying that his injury is incurable? I know tons of genuine nationalistic minded 'gentlemen' who had injuries that were much more serious than Malinga's, and because they always wanted to represent their countries, they did what was necessary to have those injuries rectified and returned to their game with incredible success. However, I notice that due to the astonishing amount of wealth that is available to players who play in the lazy T/20 format of the game these players 'pick up incurable injuries at will'! But we could remember that not so long ago, when test cricket was the only format that gave players any satisfaction in terms of money and stardom, regardless to their age they all looked after everyone of their injuries with great passion and precise urgency, and they made noise with selectors if they were left out of their national teams when the reason for their omission was cited as 'not fit due to injury'

  • on April 22, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    Its all due to the dirty game of money.

  • mm71 on April 22, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    Well done SLC. He may have continued to play an odd test, but because of the wise men at SLC, he decided to retire from tests. Duleep Mendis needs to realize that the times have changed & fat & unfirt sportsmen like he & Ranatunga wont be able to play in the current times. How hard is it for a sportsman to understand the difference between playing for 5 days with a bad knee & playing for 3 hours with the same knee? They are trying to make Malinga look like a money-minded unpatriotic sportsman, while ignoring contemporary examples of fast bowlers who stopped playing the longer variety like Lee, Tait, Srinath, Nehra, etc

  • on April 22, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    One of the greatest bowlers of current time. Never doubt his commitment or sincerity. Everybody that includes Sri Lankan cricket board as well as BCCI should leave him alone and let him do what he wants.

  • on April 22, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    Another One ! For IPL.........................................................

  • samedwards on April 22, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    what is this new thing with fast bowlers?Brett Lee i can understand,what about Shaun Tait & now Lasith Malinga?With all the physical conditioning coaches,fast bowlers still cant play in Test matches?I only hope Steyn,Morkel,Roach,don't get "inspired" by these players.

  • on April 22, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    he took a good decision♀ it will surely help SriLanka in the 2012 World Twenty20 and the 2015 World Cup.

  • Rajane on April 22, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    This is a slap on the face of SLC by Malinga, as they tried to stop him playing IPL.

  • on April 22, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    Let's check it out with SL doctors. Country before IPL.

  • ragzus on April 22, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    I guess this is what happens when the boards try to push players from IPL - IPL is big, money is big, more players will end up doing this why cannot the boards accept IPL is important for players & schedule individual series around IPL?

  • on April 22, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    Now a days fast bowlers were carefully handled by their skippers. They gave enough break between the spells...Skippers earn maximum of only 30 overs from their fast bowlers... So if malinga is not fit to play test cricket he should be ashamed of himself and he won't be in the list of legends some day...

  • Finn92 on April 22, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    Shame, he could have had a great Test career, a bit like Akhtar for Pakistan.

  • on April 22, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    malinga Good decision, On the face of SLC management, Now we will have a fit malinga for the shorter version. mean time SLC can give opportunities for the youngsters

  • on April 22, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    I don't know why the hell most of the bowlers fear to play test cricket.. did Bowling legends like courtney walsh, Mcgrath, wasim akram etc.. not inspire them..???...

  • on April 22, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    not done man..he is the best of the sri lankan lot..

  • Sohin on April 22, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    Wise decision, considering that he is one of the main player whom SL relies on when playing 50 and 20 over game.

  • on April 22, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    What a lose for SL Cricket...

  • sanath007 on April 22, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    he told about it before as well and maybe he's right. he played 1st test against india and bowled us to victory but then got injured, and came back for 3rd test and was injured on the final day of the test which we lost narrowly,so he should be kept for odi's

  • on April 22, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    Leave him alone please, his time has come let him make some money. He had done enough for Sri Lanka.

  • Horn.OK.Please on April 22, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    Duleep Mendis fnally got what he wanted.

  • Roshanaara on April 22, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    He has to get rid of Eliyantha White and opt for better doctors and treatment if he wants to be perfectly fit !

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  • Roshanaara on April 22, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    He has to get rid of Eliyantha White and opt for better doctors and treatment if he wants to be perfectly fit !

  • Horn.OK.Please on April 22, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    Duleep Mendis fnally got what he wanted.

  • on April 22, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    Leave him alone please, his time has come let him make some money. He had done enough for Sri Lanka.

  • sanath007 on April 22, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    he told about it before as well and maybe he's right. he played 1st test against india and bowled us to victory but then got injured, and came back for 3rd test and was injured on the final day of the test which we lost narrowly,so he should be kept for odi's

  • on April 22, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    What a lose for SL Cricket...

  • Sohin on April 22, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    Wise decision, considering that he is one of the main player whom SL relies on when playing 50 and 20 over game.

  • on April 22, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    not done man..he is the best of the sri lankan lot..

  • on April 22, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    I don't know why the hell most of the bowlers fear to play test cricket.. did Bowling legends like courtney walsh, Mcgrath, wasim akram etc.. not inspire them..???...

  • on April 22, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    malinga Good decision, On the face of SLC management, Now we will have a fit malinga for the shorter version. mean time SLC can give opportunities for the youngsters

  • Finn92 on April 22, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    Shame, he could have had a great Test career, a bit like Akhtar for Pakistan.