Star paceman Lasith Malinga will fly back to Sri Lanka to attend the funeral of his mother-in-law upon completion of today’s fixture versus Bangladesh.
The ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 13, in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo.
The Sri Lankan seamer is expected to re-join with his teammates ahead of their crucial encounter with Australia on Saturday, June 15.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) released the following statement on twitter: “Lasith Malinga will leave the team following Sri Lanka’s World Cup Game against Bangladesh, which will be played today, as his Mother-In-Law has passed away.”
Lasith Malinga will leave the team following Sri Lanka’s World Cup Game against Bangladesh, which will be played today, as his Mother-In-Law has passed away.
He is expected to join the team, before the team’s next #CWC19 game, which will be played against Australia on 15th.
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) June 11, 2019
Sri Lanka currently sit sixth in the table on three points pending their encounter with Bangladesh, however, have a difficult run of fixtures to come, including pre-tournament favourites England and India.
Sri Lankan fans will be hoping the returning Malinga can fire them to victory against the Aussies if they are to have any hope of securing a semi-final berth.
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