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Malinga chooses Mumbai

Colombo: Lasith Malinga has chosen Mumbai Indians over his Sri Lankan side, Southern Express, in the Champions League Twenty20 to be played in September.

Nishantha Ranatunga, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) secretary, said that the pacer had a talk with the officials and had conveyed his wish to play for Mumbai Indians.

“We wanted him to play for Southern Express. But Malinga wanted to play for the Mumbai Indians,” Ranatunga said.

“As per the Team Participation Agreement of CLT20 2014, the decision on which team a player should represent is the sole prerogative of the player himself,” an SLC release said

He said in terms of the existing contracts entered by the SLC with IPL, Champions League and the local players, the players are being given the option to make their own choice about the team they would like to represent.

Malinga, meanwhile, had captained the Southern Express to win the local Super 4s T20 competition.

The CLT20 will be played in India.