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Sri Lanka Cricket calls back players from Big Bash League in light of national duty

Lasith Malinga is playing for Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League © Getty Images
Lasith Malinga is playing for Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League © Getty Images

Colombo: Jan 20, 2014

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has asked two of its three national squad members playing in the ongoing Australian Big Bash League to return home immediately.

Chairman of selectors, Sanath Jayasuriya said he had asked the SLC to summon back Lasith Malinga and Ajantha Mendis in view of the packed schedule ahead of the national team.

“We have a busy international programme so it is important for players to attend training,” Jayasuriya said.

Sri Lanka is due to tour Bangladesh for a bilateral series at the end of this month, and then take part in Asia Cup and the ICC World Twenty20, also to be staged there in February-March.

Malinga, playing for Melbourne Stars and Mendis for Sydney Thunder have been asked to return tomorrow in order to train with the national squad.

Sri Lankan administration was said to be frustrated with Malinga’s decision to skip national duties while making himself available for cash rich T20 leagues overseas.

Malinga has a habit of citing a niggling injury and skip national duties.

Sri Lanka did not permit all rounder Thisara Perera to take part in the BBL as he developed injuries and his performance level slumped.

Tillakaratne Dilshan, now retired from Tests and Muttiah Muralitharan are the other Sri Lankans featuring in the cash-rich league.

SLC sources said that the Melbourne Stars have asked for permission to allow Malinga to stay until the Big Bash League reached the semifinal stage later this month.

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