Lasith Malinga
Lasith Malinga (AFP Photo)

Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga will reportedly be available for the next two matches of his Indian T20 League franchise Mumbai.

The development will come as music to Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma’s ears as they fielded a depleted bowling attack missing Malinga and an injured Adam Milne. To make the matters worse, Jasprit Bumrah ended up hurting his shoulder during their league opening match against Delhi at Wankhede on Sunday night.

As per a report in ESPNCricinfo, the BCCI made a phone call to Sri Lanka Cricket board asking them to make Malinga available for their T20 league.

This comes days after it emerged that SLC had made it a requirement for its players to appear in Super Provincial One Day domestic tournament to be eligible for World Cup selection. The dates of its domestic competition clash with the Indian T20 League.

The tournament will start from April 4 and ends on April 11. However, there’s still no clarity on whether Malinga, who returned to Mumbai as a player for the ongoing season, will be in India for the entirety of the league or will fly home to participate in the competition midway and then return back to re-join his franchise.\

SLC chief selector Ashantha de Mel though has made it clear whether Malinga participates in the Provincial tournament or not, there’s no question over his place in Sri Lanka’s World Cup squad.

“We have no issues if he goes to IPL – the board had given him a no-objection certificate already, so he’s free to go. Anyway he has been one of our best bowlers in one dayers, so there’s no question about his place in the team,” De Mel was quoted as saying in the report.

Malinga on Friday had opted out of Mumbai’s first six matches to qualify for the World Cup squad.