Lasith Malinga © Getty Images
Lasith Malinga © Getty Images

Lasith Malinga played his last international match against India in early September. Malinga was not included in the T20I series against India and is even dropped for the Bangladesh tour. In an interview with ESPNcricinfo Malinga expressed his views on being rested.

‘I’m ready’

“If they pick me I’m ready, but the reason for why I haven’t been picked is what I’m still waiting for,” Malinga said. ”Usually it’s a player who is 25 or 26 that needs to be rested because they still have a lot of cricket left in them. But for someone of my age, from what I know, there’s really no purpose in being rested. We can only play cricket for another one or two years anyway, but if we’re rested then we won’t get to play cricket, so what’s the point?”

Malinga didn’t perform well in 2017 picking up only 10 wickets in 13 ODIs at an economy rate of 6.00 and 12 wickets in 6 T20Is at an economy rate of 8.25. Malinga also played for Rangpur Riders in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). He didn’t have a good run there as he managed to pick 8wickets in his eight innings with an economy of 8.61.

“I picked up 10 wickets in the 13 matches I played after returning from injury,” Malinga said.

“For the 14 years I’ve been playing cricket, it’s the first year in which I haven’t been able to pick up many wickets. And in those 13 matches, 12 catches have been dropped off my bowling. But in the end, the man who bowled the ball to create a catching opportunity is out.”

Struggling to find his place in the national squad Malinga played the BPL and is currently training with domestic club Nondescripts Cricket Club.

“Just because I’m no longer in the national team it doesn’t mean I’m going to stop playing cricket. I’m still going to be batting and bowling.”