Malinga abandons his SL team


Sri Lankan star Lasith Malinga has confirmed that he would represent his Indian Premier League (IPL) side Mumbai Indians at the forthcoming Champions League T20 tournament.

Malinga's local team Southern Express team manager Shane Fernando said that Malinga had indicated his decision to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Chief Executive Ashley de Silva yesterday, the last day of the deadline given to Sri Lanka T20 captain to decalre his decision.

Malinga captained the Southern Express to the championship title at the domestic Super Fours T20 tournament to get his team a qualifying position at the CLT20 tournament.

According to tournament rules, players have the right to choose which team they play for in the CLT20.

Interestingly, Southern Express are due to meet Mumbai Indians in their second qualifying round match of the tournament.

Malinga's decision to abandon his local team and choose Mumbai Indians will earn him more than Rs. 24 million from his IPL team.