Malinga falls ill

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Sri Lanka’s con­tro­ver­sial fast bowler La­sith Malinga has been di­ag­nosed with a vi­ral in­fluenza and will sit out the se­cond one-day in­ter­na­tional against Zim­babwe to­day, the cricket board said. Malinga, who was slapped with a sus­pended six-month match ban ear­lier this week, has been told to take two days of rest af­ter com­ing down with the bug. “Med­i­cal re­ports have ruled him out of the next game and recommended a rest pe­riod of 48 hours,” Sri Lanka Cricket said in a state­ment. It added that Lak­shan San­dakan did not play in the first ODI on Fri­day at Galle be­cause he had the same virus.

Malinga, 33, took one wicket on Fri­day, giv­ing away 51 runs in the game which Zim­babwe won by six wick­ets. The 80-kilo (176-pound) bowler was dis­ci­plined af­ter he pleaded guilty to com­par­ing the coun­try’s sports min­is­ter Dayasiri Jayasek­era to a mon­key for say­ing na­tional cricket play­ers were too fat and un­fit. Jayasek­era has given na­tional play­ers three months to im­prove their level of fit­ness or get booted out. He said the en­tire team se­lected to play against Zim­babwe were be­low the in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­cepted fit­ness level. — AFP

La­sith Malinga

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