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Malinga Does U-Turn On Retirement, Says Wants To Continue For 2 More Years

Colombo: Sri Lanka captain and veteran pacer Lasith Malinga has had a rethink on his resolution to retire after subsequent yr’s Twenty20 World Cup, saying he can keep on for one more two years.

Malinga, in March, had acknowledged that he needed to retire after the Twenty20 World Cup scheduled in October-November in Australia subsequent yr. However the 36-year-old, who captains Sri Lanka within the shortest format, now says he can play on past that.

“T20 is four overs and I feel with my skill, I can manage T20 as a bowler. As a captain, because I’ve played so many T20s around the world that I feel I can manage that period for maybe another two years,” Malinga instructed ‘ESPNCricinfo’.

The veteran mentioned he’s ready to listen to from Sri Lanka Cricket on whether or not he could be main the aspect within the Twenty20 showpiece.

“(Sri Lanka Cricket) said for the World Cup I have to be lead there but you never know in Sri Lanka,” he mentioned.

The one bowler with 100 T20 Worldwide wickets mentioned Sri Lanka wants continuity in management for a long-lasting change of fortunes after a interval of stoop.

“Sri Lanka is lacking that skillful bowler, they lack those consistencies. We can’t get one year, one and a half years, all fixed, it might be that we need to get patience, maybe two or three years,” he mentioned.

“Consistency is very important. I feel whoever is doing the next selection have to understand that (for) people (to learn), they have to be there. If he’s on the bench, nobody can learn,” he added.

Malinga mentioned the one approach he can contribute to the sport within the nation is by persevering with to play.

“If I believe I can give something to the youngsters, then I need to be there. I can tell, but now I can show them ‘this is the way how you do it.’ But if I don’t play then I can’t do that,” he mentioned.

Since his reappointment as captain, Sri Lanka has gained one, tied one, and misplaced eight of their final 10 T20 Internationals.

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