I am ready to play till 2023 – Malinga

by Rex Clementine

Fast bowler Lasith Malinga, who has been appointed as the captain for today’s fourth ODI against India at R. Premadasa Stadium has dismissed suggestions that he will quit international cricket the moment he completes 300 ODI wickets.

Malinga needs one more wicket to become the fourth Sri Lankan to take 300 ODI wickets. His form has been patchy as he has taken only one wicket in this series. This year, in 11 matches he has taken eight wickets and despite strong speculation that retirement is imminent, Malinga announced that he expected to play till the 2023 World Cup.

"I have no special aim to get 300 wickets. I play to get wickets in every match that I am given. I’m ready to play until 2023," Malinga said.

Malinga, who turned 34 on Monday will be 40 by 2023.

Sri Lanka’s captain nominated for the series Upul Tharanga remains suspended while the man appointed as stand-in captain – Chamara Kapugedera – is injured.

"I feel it’s a good challenge for me. At the moment, we have lost a few matches, yes. I have played for the last 14 years for the national team, and I still feel we have good young players. And a few experienced players also. That’s the time we have to stand up and give confidence to young players – that still we are good enough to play international cricket. I’m also really enjoying this challenge with a young team. People think we are not top of the table, but I feel we can change that," Malinga said.

"Now I’m 34. My pace is cut down. If you asked me 10 years ago, I didn’t expect this. But whoever is coming towards the end of their careers, there is failure," Malinga said talking about his lack of pace in the last few games.

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