Malinga IPL season in doubt after Sri Lanka warning


Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has warned Lasith Malinga against featuring for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League without its clearance.

Malinga has been out of action since sustaining a knee injury during Sri Lanka's Asia Cup meeting with United Arab Emirates in February, playing no part in the World Twenty20 campaign the following month.

Mumbai coach Ricky Ponting was not expecting to have the fast bowler, who has missed their opening two matches, available for at least the first half of the IPL season.

Malinga has reportedly joined up with the squad in India, but a SLC release urged him not to play until they declare him fit.

"Lasith Malinga has not informed Sri Lanka Cricket of his travel to India, nor his intention to play [in] the IPL," an SLC statement read.

"There is no bar on Mr. Malinga travelling to, watching, or participating in practice or training of cricket anywhere in the world.

"However, his ability to play is contingent on receiving a No Objection Certificate from SLC for which; 1) SLC appointed expert panel of Medical professionals must clear his injury status. 2) He must be declared 'Match Fit' by physio, trainer, coach and selectors.

"Therefore, Mr. Malinga will present himself before the SLC panel of expert doctors on Wednesday (20th) and depending on the outcome of the said medical examinations, be required to face a match fitness grading after which SLC will take the next appropriate steps."