Lasith Malinga will miss the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as he has announced his unavailability due to personal reasons.
Malinga, who is the all-time leading wicket-taker in IPL history, was part of the title-winning Mumbai Indians side in the 2019 edition of the tournament. He bowled the crucial last over in the competition's final and managed to defend nine runs against eventual runners-up Chennai Super Kings.
"Lasith is a legend and a pillar of MI’s strength. There is no denying the fact that we will miss Lasith’s cricketing acumen this season. However, we fully understand Lasith’s need to be in Sri Lanka with his family during this time," franchise owner Akash Ambani said.
Mumbai have signed Australian speedster James Pattinson as his replacement with the 30-year-old set to join the team in Abu Dhabi this weekend.
“James is the right fit for us and adds to our pace attack options available at hand especially for the conditions we will play in this season," Ambani added.
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