Lasith Malinga before the World T20 hinted that he might retire after the tournament  © Getty Images
Lasith Malinga before the World T20 hinted that he might retire after the tournament © Getty Images

Former Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga has been ruled out of the ongoing ICC World T20 2016 due to a knee injury. Malinga had resigned as captain right before the tournament, handing over the reins to Angelo Mathews. Malinga carried his knee injury into the tournament, but did not play in Sri Lanka’s opening fixture against Afghanistan. Malinga has a bone bruise on his left knee, which has troubled him for a long time. He just played one match in the Asia Cup T20 2016 against the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where he picked up four wickets. Skipper Mathews was hopeful that Malinga would be available for matches in the World T20, but said that would depend on the physio’s call. READ: T20 World Cup 2016, Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan: Angelo Mathews says Lasith Malinga’s availability depends on physio’s call

“We are yet to get yes or no from physio. He will have net session tomorrow. We will test his bowling tomorrow and will wait. He bowled a couple of overs with short run-up. He will bowl with full run-up tomorrow and we will take a call,” he said. READ: ICC T20 World Cup 2016: Sri Lanka name Angelo Mathews as skipper

Malinga had earlier hinted that he may retire after the ICC World T20 2016. On being asked if he would announce his international retirement before the ICC world T20 2016 like Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene had done, he simply replied, “I might.”

Sri Lankan pacer added, “I am playing [for] 12 years in the national team, I am 32 years old. I think if now I have an injury, it is hard to get rest. If I take rest for a year or more, that’s the end of my career. If I need to play for my country, I have to play tough cricket in the last few months or years. I don’t think I can fully recover from this injury but I try to manage this in future,” according to espncricinfo. READ: Lasith Malinga steps down as Sri Lanka captain ahead of ICC World T20 2016

He went on to add, “I don’t know how many months or years I will play. [At the] end of my career, I try to play maximum number of games for my national team or in the IPL. I want to play as long as possible, and at my best.”