Malinga insists that Sri Lanka will have an advantage throughout the ICC World Twenty20
With the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20 just around the corner, Sri Lanka pace bowler Lasith Malinga has revealed that the team representing the country during the tournament will have an edge over the rest of the other nations due to the Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL).
By playing in the SLPL, Malinga believes that many of the players now have a feel for the different conditions, while also becoming more accustomed to the pressure of Twenty20 cricket.
“SLPL is a good preparation for the Twenty20 World Cup. All the Sri Lankan players know the conditions very well and we have a chance to win the Twenty20 World Cup, it is advantage for us and we are ready for the Twenty20 World Cup,” Malinga said.
Malinga had captained the Ruhuna Royals in this year’s SLPL, but the team crashed out of the tournament after losing to Wayamba by 12 runs.
However nonetheless, Malinga stated that his players had given it their all, and saw great potential in some of the youngsters for the future.
“It’s the first year of SLPL and the local players are yet to adjust to T20 leagues. They don’t know how to play T20 cricket. They will learn and get better in future. It’s a good thing for Sri Lanka,” he said.
Malinga noted that he felt his performance throughout the SLPL had been below par, but stated that he hoped to excel during the World Twenty20.
“Definitely, my performance was not up to the mark. But I am hoping that I will do well in the Twenty20 World Cup,” he added.
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene was also quick to echo Malinga’s views about the SLPL giving an advantage to the national team for the ICC World Twenty20.
“In a way it was a good preparation but I was a bit worried that injuries might happen to the players just so near the Twenty20 World Cup. We had some injuries to players but fortunately they will be OK for the T20 World Cup. In all, there were more positives from the SLPL than the negatives,” Jayawardene said.