May consider retirement after World T20, says Lasith Malinga

Mirpur: Sri Lanka's Twenty20 captain and strike bowler Lasith Malinga has hinted that he might call time on his international career after the ICC World T20 in India as he is finding it difficult to manage a grave knee injury.

Lasith Malinga
Lasith Malinga

At the post-match media conference, Malinga was asked if he would like to quit after the upcoming edition of World T20, just like Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara did after winning the last edition, he replied: "Might be".

The Lankan slinger elaborated that his current injury is so bad that complete recuperation might take close to two years, which effectively ends his career now that he is nearly 33.

"I have played 12 years for the national team. I am now 32 and will soon be 33. I have had a bad injury and if at this stage I have to take one or one and half years of rest, I would rather have to finish my career.

"If I need to play tough cricket for my country, I don't think I can then totally recover from the injury. That's why I am saying I don't know how many months or years are left in me. Whatever little I play, I want to serve the national team and my IPL team (Mumbai Indians) well," Malinga said.

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