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Veteran Sri Lanka seamer Lasith Malinga has hinted that he may bring his illustrious career to an end prior to the 2019 World Cup.
Malinga has struggled to have an impact with the ball as of late and has subsequently been snubbed by the national selectors.
The 34-year-old has not represented Sri Lanka since September last year and was also left out of the squad for the recent ODI tri-series, which also involved Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.
Given that he has fallen off the selectors’ radar, Malinga suggested that it may be time to hang up his boots and become a mentor.
“If my services are not required any longer as a player, it’s time to move on,” Malinga was quoted as saying by the Sunday Times. “I know there’s still cricket left in me and if I cannot contribute as a player, I am ready to venture into mentoring leading up to the World Cup.”
Malinga added that he has no long-term goals in international cricket and doubts if he will be among the players selected for Sri Lanka’s World Cup squad.
“If someone calls me today and says ‘Look, we would like to have you within our coaching team for the World Cup’, I am ready to accept it,” he said. “Not because of anything but I want to share my knowledge with others when I can.
“I believe in teaching by examples. I can get into the field and show how to bowl a yorker. This is important. I think if I cannot contribute as a player, I will definitely look at this option going into the World Cup.”
The 34-year-old also failed to receive a bid at the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction over the weekend.
Malinga represented the Mumbai Indians in last year’s tournament, but failed to shine with the ball as he took 11 wickets in 12 matches at an average of 34.72.