The 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2019) begins today. Defending champions Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore will play an inaugural match. However, fans of Mumbai Indians will have to wait till Sunday. But, Mumbai Indians got shocked before facing the Delhi Capitals on home ground.
Mumbai’s leading bowler, Lasith Malinga, will not be able to play in the first six matches of the IPL. Sri Lanka’s legendary bowler will have to return to the national duty. In view of the upcoming World Cup tournament, Sri Lankan selection committee has asked him to play in the domestic one-day tournament.
Malinga was an assistant player of Mumbai Indians last year, but in this season Mumbai bought him for Rs 2 crore as a specialist bowler. Currently, he is the captain of Sri Lanka’s ODI team and he will lead the Gal team in the domestic one-day competition.
The tournament will take place from April 4 to April 11, 2019. So Malinga will have to miss the first six matches of the IPL. On 26th March, he will be a join the Mumbai Indians. Right now, he is on tour of South Africa with Sri Lanka team.
“I asked for a no-objection certificate to the Sri Lanka Cricket Board to play in the IPL, and there was a positive response from them. However, considering the World Cup competition, he told me to play in the domestic one-day tournament. Therefore, I also requested to inform the Board and the Board to inform the IPL and Mumbai Indians about it. If you can not earn some money from the IPL, you can enjoy something for the country, “ Malinga said.