Malinga Pulls Out of Middlesex Deal

  • Last Updated: June 7 2012, 18:01 BST

Sri Lanka paceman Lasith Malinga has pulled out of his t20 deal with Middlesex.

Lasith Malinga: Misses English t20 campaign

Malinga has just completed his IPL campaign with the Mumbai Indians and is suffering from soreness in his knee and back. With Sri Lanka facing ODI and Twenty20 series against Pakistan and India in June and August before their domestic T20 Premier League and the World Twenty20, Malinga has opted to take some time out of the game.

And the time he was due to spend with Middlesex is the only chance for rest he will get.

He had been due to play in seven of the Panthers' 10 group games in the Friends Life t20.

Malinga is arguably the world's finest death bowler in limited-overs cricket, and has 38 wickets in 31 Twenty20 games for Sri Lanka and picked up 22 scalps at 15 apiece in the IPL this year.

Middlesex managing director of cricket Angus Fraser told the club's website: "Naturally, we are extremely disappointed that Lasith will not be playing for Middlesex CCC in this summer's Friends Life t20.

"Everyone at the club was looking forward to working with and watching Lasith play for the Panthers.

"His presence would have added a healthy dose of star dust to proceedings. I totally understand Lasith's concerns - his workload has been and is high - but am disappointed we are the side to be denied of his services.

"A lot of work goes in to securing these deals and getting 'No Objection Certificates' from the relevant governing bodies. But we are not the only county to suffer in this way and over the coming days we will do all we can to secure the services of another high quality international cricketer for our 2012 Friends Life t20 campaign."