Malinga may re­tire af­ter World T20

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Sri Lanka's T20 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.

At the post-match me­dia con­fer­ence, Malinga was asked if he would like to quit af­ter the up­com­ing edi­tion of World T20, just like 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 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.

For Malinga, he is ready to play through pain for the na­tional team as the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons need him in the big event.

"This is not the right time to rest. We have the T20 World Cup and I am the most ex­pe­ri­enced bowler for Sri Lanka."

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