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Old warhorse Lasith Malinga keeps Sri Lanka dreaming


Colombo — Lasith Malinga will be one of the Cricket World Cup’s oldest players but the Sri Lanka paceman shows no signs of slowing down as he bids to prove his critics wrong.


Sri Lanka’s selectors, led by former fast bowler Ashantha de Mel, said Malinga was unable to unite the team, while he was also accused of falling out with other senior players.


Malinga frequently hits speeds of over 138kph, while his devastating slower balls were in evidence during the IPL, a welcome sign for embattled Sri Lanka ahead of the World Cup, which starts on May 30.


Once he got over the shock of losing the captaincy, Malinga’s appetite for the game returned as he shuttled between Sri Lanka and India to play in the domestic tournament and fulfil his IPL commitments.


Malinga was Sri Lanka’s captain when they won the 2014 World T20 title with a host of stalwarts by his side, including Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan.


But following the retirement of Sri Lanka’s big guns, a new crop of players made their way into the side, a group selector that De Mel believes did not fully back the quick bowler as skipper.






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