Lasith Malinga wanted to represent Sri Lanka for the final time in the T20I world cup. However, his wish was brutally cut short by a compulsory fitness parameter introduced in more recent times for Sri Lankan cricketers.
Every Sri Lankan cricketer has to pass the fitness test of a 2-kilometre run in order to achieve selection in the national team . Since Malinga was unable to go through that test he had to announce his full retirement.
Malinga admitted that it was not possible for him to clear the 2 kilometers run test but he is still confident of bowling 6 straight balls in an over. Malinga also added that at 35 he took 4 wickets in an over vs New Zealand including a hattrick but it is now beyond his ability to clear the latest fitness parameter .
T20 was the only format that Malinga was playing. He retired from tests in 2011. Later in 2019 he retired from ODIs in order to put all his efforts in the shortest format.
Malinga’s overall T20 record is outstanding. In 295 matches he took 390 wickets at an awesome average of 19.68 . His absence will be hugely missed by Sri Lanka. It is time for Sri Lankan cricket to utilise his services for the upbringing of more fast bowlers especially with yorker hitting skills.