Lasith Malinga © AFP
Lasith Malinga © AFP

So, it is time to call it curtains to the champion’s international career. Lasith Malinga has confirmed that he is mentally done with international cricket after his ambition of playing another season of IPL came to an end. Malinga went unsold in the IPL auctions, though he returned to Mumbai Indians (MI) camp as the bowling mentor. Malinga has donned the MI jersey in 110 matches from which he has scalped 154 wickets. He was also the Purple Cap holder in the 2011 IPL season.

As for his international career, Malinga has been out of sight since September. He played last for Sri Lanka against India in the one-off T20I. Malinga has been contemplating retirement since he was dropped for the limited-overs series against Pakistan last year.

Ahead of Ice Cricket, Malinga spoke in detail about his retirement plans: “Mentally I am over with playing cricket. I don’t think I will play anymore international cricket. I am planning to announce my retirement soon. I have not spoken to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) but once I go back I will have to again go through domestic grind, see how my body responds. But now as my IPL career is also over and I am starting a new chapter with Mumbai Indians, I might not play again,” as quoted by news18.com.

On not being picked by MI: “I was not surprised at their decision not to have retained me. I had 10 very good years with Mumbai Indians and I achieved a lot. But this year, the owners spoke to me and told me about their vision going forward. They wanted to create a good team for the next three years. I also understand that my time in competitive cricket is over now.”

On mentoring the young MI bowlers: “I am 34-years-old and not getting any younger. And I feel this is the right time to make a career move. Mumbai Indians had the mentorship role in mind and I am happy to start a new innings. My job as a mentor will now give me an opportunity to guide the next crop of fast bowlers. I will pass on my knowledge to them and also it will be an opportunity to assess myself in the coaching arena.”