Sri Lanka news August 25, 2013

Malinga likely to miss Champions League

17

Lasith Malinga is almost certain to miss both Sri Lanka's tour of Zimbabwe and the Champions League, due to personal commitments. Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed they have received Malinga's leave request, while Mumbai Indians have also been informed of his plans.

"We haven't had the time to approve his request yet, because we only got it from him on Friday," SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said. "But since it is a personal reason, I don't think there will be any problem."

Malinga will be with his wife and family during his time off, as they expect their second child late in September. He will forego 20% of his annual IPL salary if he misses the Champions League, in addition to losing out on match fees. ESPNcricinfo understands, however, there is still a small chance he may play in the tournament.

Malinga is currently in the Caribbean, having played two matches for the Guyana Amazon Warriors CPL franchise, including Saturday's final.

Mumbai Indians play their first Champions League match on September 21, and the tournament finishes on October 6. Sri Lanka's limited-overs matches in Zimbabwe begin on October 26.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • on August 27, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    Malinga...best of luck.......Wish you and your family very nice and great blessed baby....See you back soon...with another series of Sri Lanka. Malinga should have that much of rest so that he can perform very well when he is back. Malinga should stay with his wife in these conditions. Best of luck Lasith Malinga Have a great time with you and your family.

  • RobinMama on August 27, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    The main concern is to skip playing that Zimbabwe Series! So that he gets enough rest while considering the amount of T20 League cricket he has played in recent past!

  • CricketMaan on August 26, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    Good Luck Mali. Hope all goes well with your second child and may we see you in 2015 WC in full form.

  • krishay on August 26, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    The man and his wife are expecting their second child during this time so this maybe more important to him !!!!

  • ashkau on August 26, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    Malinga, no doubt a big blow for MI. Remember IPL 2013 Final, Malinga gave a good start to Mumbai. Rajasthan will win CLT20.

  • MilroyL.S.A.Don on August 26, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    We should not worry about Malinga's income, the guy works hard to make those $$$. Your jealousy comments will not put his money machine out of business!!!!

  • MilroyL.S.A.Don on August 26, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    Please leave Malinga alone and let him spend some time with the family.

  • on August 26, 2013, 2:33 GMT

    If malinga will play for the champions league he would definitly have to attend the ZIM tour. Else we know he did it for money,but not for his country.

  • on August 26, 2013, 1:21 GMT

    tHAT will not stop Munmbai from performing they have bowlers. GO MUMBAI!!!!!!!!

  • CricketChat on August 25, 2013, 22:10 GMT

    Malinga's absence (if it happens) will be a big blow for Mumbai Indians in CT. May not impact SL's fortunes against Zim, who are at the bottom of their league these days.

  • on August 27, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    Malinga...best of luck.......Wish you and your family very nice and great blessed baby....See you back soon...with another series of Sri Lanka. Malinga should have that much of rest so that he can perform very well when he is back. Malinga should stay with his wife in these conditions. Best of luck Lasith Malinga Have a great time with you and your family.

  • RobinMama on August 27, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    The main concern is to skip playing that Zimbabwe Series! So that he gets enough rest while considering the amount of T20 League cricket he has played in recent past!

  • CricketMaan on August 26, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    Good Luck Mali. Hope all goes well with your second child and may we see you in 2015 WC in full form.

  • krishay on August 26, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    The man and his wife are expecting their second child during this time so this maybe more important to him !!!!

  • ashkau on August 26, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    Malinga, no doubt a big blow for MI. Remember IPL 2013 Final, Malinga gave a good start to Mumbai. Rajasthan will win CLT20.

  • MilroyL.S.A.Don on August 26, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    We should not worry about Malinga's income, the guy works hard to make those $$$. Your jealousy comments will not put his money machine out of business!!!!

  • MilroyL.S.A.Don on August 26, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    Please leave Malinga alone and let him spend some time with the family.

  • on August 26, 2013, 2:33 GMT

    If malinga will play for the champions league he would definitly have to attend the ZIM tour. Else we know he did it for money,but not for his country.

  • on August 26, 2013, 1:21 GMT

    tHAT will not stop Munmbai from performing they have bowlers. GO MUMBAI!!!!!!!!

  • CricketChat on August 25, 2013, 22:10 GMT

    Malinga's absence (if it happens) will be a big blow for Mumbai Indians in CT. May not impact SL's fortunes against Zim, who are at the bottom of their league these days.

  • Dashgar on August 25, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    No Malinga will cancel out no Jarvis, hopefully we'll see a close series. SL batting should still be too powerful though.

  • on August 25, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    Chennai winning the games because of talent not beacuse of the mystery absence of slinger malinga

  • on August 25, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    Mi will be playing Franklin for sure! he is A talented and experienced player and has been playing for mi all his career ..he deserves a look in!! evn the million dollar baby has been misused..all if these players should get a chance-Franklin,Jacob Oram,Maxwell and Phil Hughes,CoulterNile as well..Way To Go MI_

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on August 25, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    Hugh miss 2 MI.Chennai will win d titel.it's very bad

  • on August 25, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    malinga should know you can't play with not so good leg for long time either money or rest. you can''t have both.

  • on August 25, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Good chance for youngsters to perform at Zimbabwe ...

  • rocky2611 on August 25, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    So MI will not win this CLt20 for sure..... with Malinga gone they are definitely out of the equation!!

  • No featured comments at the moment.

  • rocky2611 on August 25, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    So MI will not win this CLt20 for sure..... with Malinga gone they are definitely out of the equation!!

  • on August 25, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Good chance for youngsters to perform at Zimbabwe ...

  • on August 25, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    malinga should know you can't play with not so good leg for long time either money or rest. you can''t have both.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on August 25, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    Hugh miss 2 MI.Chennai will win d titel.it's very bad

  • on August 25, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    Mi will be playing Franklin for sure! he is A talented and experienced player and has been playing for mi all his career ..he deserves a look in!! evn the million dollar baby has been misused..all if these players should get a chance-Franklin,Jacob Oram,Maxwell and Phil Hughes,CoulterNile as well..Way To Go MI_

  • on August 25, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    Chennai winning the games because of talent not beacuse of the mystery absence of slinger malinga

  • Dashgar on August 25, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    No Malinga will cancel out no Jarvis, hopefully we'll see a close series. SL batting should still be too powerful though.

  • CricketChat on August 25, 2013, 22:10 GMT

    Malinga's absence (if it happens) will be a big blow for Mumbai Indians in CT. May not impact SL's fortunes against Zim, who are at the bottom of their league these days.

  • on August 26, 2013, 1:21 GMT

    tHAT will not stop Munmbai from performing they have bowlers. GO MUMBAI!!!!!!!!

  • on August 26, 2013, 2:33 GMT

    If malinga will play for the champions league he would definitly have to attend the ZIM tour. Else we know he did it for money,but not for his country.