Legendary Sri Lankan Fast Bowler Lasith Malinga is the New Bowling Coach of Sri Lanka Cricket Team
Legendary Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga took over as the national team’s bowling coach just a few months after retiring from all forms of cricket. He will be the bowling coach of the team from the tour of Australia to play the five-match T20 series in February (2021). The Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) said in a statement on Wednesday (January 26th).
The statement said that Malinga is going to start his new chapter as an expert coach. He will use his long experience and technical skills to help the team’s bowlers implement strategic plans. SLC is confident that Malinga’s vast experience and renowned death-bowling skills, especially in the T20 format, will help the team win the series.
The Sri Lankan legend announced his departure from all forms of cricket in a video message on social media on 12 September 2021 . He made the announcement shortly after being called up for the World Twenty20 in the United Arab Emirates. However, he had earlier left the other two formats of cricket.
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Sri Lanka will tour Australia in February to play a five-match T20 series. The Sri Lankan cricket board has already announced a 20-member squad ahead of the tour . Danushka Gunathilaka and Kushal Mendis have returned to the announced squad after overcoming the ban. With this tour, a new chapter of Malinka will start. However, he has previously worked as a bowling consultant for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL.
Malinga retired from Test cricket in 2010 and ODI series against Bangladesh in July 2019 due to injury. The last time he said goodbye to the T20 format was in February 2021. The legendary Sri Lankan cricketer played 30 Tests, 228 ODIs and 64 T20Is before retiring. He has taken 101 wickets in Tests, 337 in ODIs and 107 wickets in T20 cricket.
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