Lasith Malinga: to write or not to write?

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Chairman of the Sri Lanka Cricket Selection Committee Duleep Mendis stated that if Lasith Malinga wants to make a return to Test Cricket in Sri Lanka, he should forward a written request.

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Vishane Perera's picture
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2 years 45 weeks

Hope Malinga comes back to test matches

vire_girl's picture
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I think we need Malinga back for test cricket.

Hilal's picture
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There's really no reason to write letters back and forth. Just over a week ago, Malinga said clearly he is not going to be playing Test cricket because of his knee condition (See: No return to Test cricket for Lasith Malinga).

The chief selector Duleep Mendis should spend a little bit of time researching this before he speaks to the media.

Read the following from July, 2010 (this was published during the last Test series Malinga played in):

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Aravinda de Silva, the chairman of selectors, said Malinga was rested on the advice of team physiotherapist Tommy Simsek after the bowler complained of stiffness in his dodgy right knee, which had kept him out of Test cricket for 30 months.

"We have to be cautious with Malinga. He was not feeling quite fit to go through a five-day Test. He complained of stiffness in his knee," de Silva said. "We are closely monitoring Malinga's fitness and we are hopeful he will be fully fit for the third Test starting in ten days time." The third Test starts on August 3 at the P Sara Oval.

Source: http://www.espncricinfo.com/sri-lanka-v-...

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After just first Test match in the series, Malinga's knee began giving him problems, so they rested him for the second and played him in the third Test of that series. We have to remember that not only does he have to bowl, he also has to field all day in Test cricket.

Do we want to risk ending his career early and do we not want to respect his decision?

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