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Sri Lanka remembers Malinga for the Asian Cup

Sri Lanka remembers Malinga for the Asian Cup

The cricket coaches of Colombo-Sri Lanka recalled fast bowler Lasith Malinga on Saturday after a year in limbo and included him in a team of 16 for the next Asian Cup tournament.

The 35-year-old, injury-prone player had been ignored since his last ODI appearance in September last year against India in Colombo when he only had a field for 35 races. Sri Lanka lost the game by six lands.

However, official sources said he had impressed selectors during a domestic T20 series in progress and has now been included in the one-day team for the opening of the Asian Cup tournament in the United Arab Emirates in two weeks.

Malinga has taken 301 ODI wickets giving away 8,705 races since his ODI debut in July 2004. In the shortest form of the game, he has taken 90 wickets by accepting 1,780 runs.

Squadron of Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (Captain), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga, Dinesh Chandimal, Danushka Gunathilaka, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Dhanajaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Dilruwan Perera, Amila Aponso, Kasun Rajitha, Suranga Lakmal , Dushmantha Chameera and Lasith Malinga.

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