23 April 2011
Malinga decision backed by Jayawardena
Former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardena supports Lasith Malinga's right decision in bidding adieu to Test cricket
Sri Lankan cricketer Lasith Malinga catches a ball during a practice session.
The Kochi Tuskers Kerala skipper said Malinga has been suffering from this injury for quite some time and quitting Test cricket would help his dream of playing for Sri Lanka in the CWC 2015.
The 33-year-old also dispelled the notion that Malinga's decision was prompted by comments made by a section of the Sri Lankan cricket administration regarding his participation in IPL while declaring himself unfit for the country's upcoming Test tour of England. "I feel he has taken the right decision after pondering over all aspects. He has been suffering from this knee injury for quite some time," Jayawardena told reporters.
"I know when I was the captain we used to try and calculate his work load and used him accordingly. At times it used to flare up and once he was away from cricket for 16 months. In order to extend his career he has to quit test cricket. In fact his target is next World Cup in 2015 and by bidding adieu to tests he has prolonged his career in shorter version of the game," Jayawardena added.
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