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Mickey Arthur to step down as Sri Lanka’s head coach after Windies series

Sri Lanka men’s cricket team’s head coach Mickey Arthur will step down from his post after the upcoming Test series against West Indies, slated to begin this month in the island nation.

Arthur will now take serve as the Head of Cricket Derbyshire following the conclusion of the two-Test series.

The 53-year-old former South African cricketer had took over as the chief coach of Sri Lanka in February 2020 when the island nation was going through a rough phase however, the team has shown signs of improvement since then. Sri Lanka won five games and lost three in the just concluded T20 World Cup in the UAE.

Taking to Twitter, Arthur said: “Sad that it is the end of the road with SL after the WI test series!I have loved every minute of coaching this great country!To the players and people of SL a big thank you! I know SL cricket is in a better place now than when I started!”

Commenting on his upcoming role, he said: “This is the start of an exciting project at Derbyshire, with many young players, and I’m really excited to be a part of that and to bring my vision to the Club.”

“It’s a new challenge and one which I’m eager to get stuck into and lead this Club to success. There’s a good squad at Derbyshire and I want us to play a positive style of cricket, we won’t fear any team and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve for our supporters,” he added.

On the other hand, Derbyshire Chairman, Ian Morgan said: “Mickey is one of the most highly-regarded coaches in world cricket and this is a key appointment for the Club ahead of an important winter period.”

“Throughout this recruitment process, Mickey has understood our heritage as a county, but also matched our ambition with a desire to make a positive impact at Derbyshire. We want to move forward from last season. We’ve got a talented group of players and with a new Head of Cricket bringing a fresh approach, it is an exciting time for our Members and supporters,” he added.

The first of the two Test series between host Sri Lanka and West Indies will begin at Galle begins on November 21.

The second Test, which will be Arthur’s final game with Sri Lanka, is scheduled to begin on November 29 at the same venue.

Arthur will now replace Dave Houghton at Derbyshire. Houghton, the former Zimbabwe captain, had earlier thsi year left the club to take up a position as coaching manager with Zimbabwe Cricket.

Arthur, a renouned coach, has worked with the national men’s teams of Australia, South Africa and Pakistan, apart from Sri Lanka.

SLC directs LPL franchises to include 10 leading Lankan cricketers in upcoming season

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), the governing body for the game in the island nation, has demanded that 10 national players including former captains Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal and Kusal Janith Perera must be included in the second edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL), scheduled to begin from December 5.

SLC has forwarded the names of Mathews, Chandimal, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Praveen Jayawickrama, Minod Bhanuka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Ashan Priyanjan and Shiran Fernando, who all were opted out from the selection by the LPL franchises.

While directing to include these ten players, including those who were in the Sri Lanka’s T20 squad at the ongoing T20 World cup, the SLC asked the franchisees to pick two players each for the five teams.

The SLC said that being the governing body of the domestic T20 league, it has observed that franchise owners have not selected some national players and some young players, who play some excellent domestic cricket and are considered potential future stars.

“Considering the above deficiency and in the interest of the game of cricket in Sri Lanka, the Governing Council of the Lanka Premier League 2021 decided to forward the names of 10 deserving players, who missed out during the Player draft, to all the franchise owners, and make it ‘mandatory’ for each franchise to select two players out of the given 10 into their squad, thus expanding the squad strength from 20 to 22,” the SLC said in a statement.

The SLC had said that for this year’s edition, 673 applications were received from foreign players and 358 from local cricketers who were keen to represent the domestic presence at the LPL.

“Accordingly, a total of 1,031 players (local and overseas) went into the draft, whilst the ‘Right’ of selecting the suitable and desirous players for the 20 member squads, was solely vested with the ‘Franchise Owners’ subject to compliance with the guidelines set by the SLC,” it stated.

As per reports, around 74 international cricketers including the likes of veteran Imran Tahir, Mohammad Amir, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Dawid Malan and Faf du Plessis, Mohammad Hafeez and Tabraiz Shamsi were drafted in by various teams of the LPL.

Significantly, the upcoming edition of the LPL will commence on the December 5 at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium (RPICS), Colombo.

The inaugural game of the season will be played between Galle and Jaffna. The first round of the tournament, which will consist of 20 games will be played at the RPICS before it moves into Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium (MRICS), Hambantota to proceed with the final round games.

The finals of the League will be played on the December 23 at the MRICS, Hambantota, whilst this year’s tournament has December 24, as a ‘Reserve Day’ dedicated for the finals.

Windies to tour Sri Lanka to begin 2023 ICC World Test Championship cycle

Kicking-off the 2023 ICC World Test Championship (WTC) cycle, West Indies will tour Sri Lanka for a two-match test series during November-December, it has been announced.

The Windies team will arrive in the island nation on November 10 and the series will be held at the Galle International Cricket Stadium, under a bio-bubble environment.

Confirming the development, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said: “Sri Lanka Cricket will host the West Indies National Team for a two-match test series during the months of November – December 2021. The West Indies National Team will arrive in Sri Lanka on the 10th of November 2021.”

“The Test series will be held at the Galle International Cricket Stadium, under a Bio-Bubble Environment. The series will mark the commencement of Sri Lanka’s and the West Indies Journey in the 2023 ICC World Test Championship Cycle,” the statement added.

The two matches will mark the commencement of Sri Lanka’s and the West Indies’ journey in the run-up to the ICC World Test Championship.

Prior to the series, the visitors will play a four-day warm-up game from November 14 to 17 in Colombo.

The first match of the series will be played between November 21 and 25 at the Galle International Cricket Stadium.

The second test will be held between November 29 and December 2 at the same venue.

So far, the two sides have played 20 tests out of which the islanders have won nine while the West Indies have won four. The remaining seven affairs have resulted in a draw.

After touring the island nation, West Indies will host England for a five-match T20I series.

All the five matches will be held at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown on January 22, 23, 26, 29 and 30. Later, the Windies will tour India for three ODIs and as many T20Is in February, 2022.

Bangladesh, Namibia, Scotland, Sri Lanka qualifiy for 2022 T20 World Cup

After advancing to the ‘Super 12’ stage of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021, currently underway in Oman and the UAE, Bangladesh, Namibia, Scotland and Sri Lanka have also confirmed their spot for the Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, scheduled to be held in Australia.

Namibia, the story of Round 1, have qualified for the ‘Super 12s’ in their first ever T20 World Cup and will now return for the event in Australia in 12 months’ time. They are joined by Bangladesh, Scotland and Sri Lanka, confirming 12 out of the 16 spots for the World Cup.

Afghanistan, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, West Indies and hosts Australia, had already qualified for the 2022 showpiece, gaining direct entry to the Super 12 of the Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 by virtue of being inside the top-eight on the Men’s T20 Rankings at the cut-off prior to the postponed 2020 event.

The four remaining spots will be filled via the ongoing qualification pathway taking place across the five regions, culminating in two global qualifying tournaments in early 2022, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement late on Sunday.

Commenting on the development, ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley said: “We have already seen some incredibly competitive cricket in round one of the Men’s T20 World Cup culminating in Bangladesh, Namibia, Scotland and Sri Lanka taking their positions in the Super 12s and therefore qualifying for Australia 2022.”

“Namibia and Scotland in particular have provided us with some great stories over the past two weeks reinforcing T20 cricket as the global growth vehicle of the sport. We look forward to seeing which four teams will secure the remaining spots for Australia 2022 through the two global qualifiers next year,” he added.

On the other hand, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Local Organising Committee CEO, Michelle Enright said: “We congratulate Bangladesh, Namibia, Scotland and Sri Lanka on qualifying for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia. We can’t wait to welcome all the teams and their fans for an unmissable celebration of cricket and culture this time next year.”

“We will be following the upcoming global qualifying events with interest to see who can make it through to claim the final four places at next year’s event,” he added.

“For the 12 automatic qualifiers there is still plenty to play for in this tournament in terms of Australia 2022. Teams can secure their spot in the Australia 2022 Super 12s, by finishing as either winner or runner up of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 or as one of the next six highest ranked teams (as of November 15, 2021),” the ICC statement read further.

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 will be the biggest global sporting event to be hosted in Australia as it will witness 16 teams, which will play 45 matches around the country.

In the ongoing edition of the showpiece event, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are placed in the Group 1 of the Super 12 along with England, Australia, South Africa and defending champions West Indies.

Namibia and Scotland on the other hand, are placed in Group 2 along with India, New Zealand, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

T20 World Cup: Sri Lanka’s mystery spinner Theekshana to miss campaign opener against Bangladesh

Sri Lanka off-spinner Maheesh Theekshana will miss his side’s opening match of the ongoing T20 World Cup against Bangladesh in ‘Super 12’ Group 1 of the showpiece event in Sharjah on Sunday (October 24) due to a back strain.

The back strain injury happened during Sri Lanka’s qualifying Group A match against the Netherlands and had some discomfort while bowling on Friday.

The 21-year-old youngster was his team’s most impressive bowler during Round 1 of the T20 World Cup as he had picked eight wickets from just three matches. He also played a crucial role in Sri Lanka’s much-needed win over the Netherlands, in the islanders last Qualifier game.

Theekshana picked up two top-order wickets of Netherlands and helped his side bundle out their opponents at a paltry 44.

Sri Lanka batter Bhanuka Rajapaksa confirmed the development that the spinner has a side strain and the team management won’t risk him playing against Bangladesh in their openeing game of the Super 12 stage on Sunday.

“The physios have said the decision might be probably to leave him for the next game,” Bhanuka Rajapaksa was quoted as saying by Cricket.com.

“We don’t want to risk it by playing him and then him not playing in the rest of the series. For the moment he will be missing the next game as far as I know. It’s not 100 percent decided yet, but most probably, he will miss the first game and then play the rest of the games,” he added.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka also announced on Saturday that Theekshana will be missing Sunday’s match against Bangladesh however, he also said that the condition of the youngster was “OK”.

He further said that Theekshana, who had already scalped eight wickets in the first three qualifying games, will be playing in the games post the Bangladesh contest.

In their game against Netherlands, the Sri Lanka pacers — Lahiru Kumara, Dushmantha Chameera, and Chamika Karunaratne — also bowled decently along with Theekshana. Rajapaksa meanwhile, said that the spinners complemented the pacers well.

“I think it’s such a benefit having two bowlers who are bowling above 90mph. Any batsman, they get shook because bowling at 145 [kph] plus and not having any room, just bowling in good areas, it’s always difficult as a batsman to get over,” he opined.

Significantly, Theekshana is the second-highest wicket-taker in the ongoing T20 World Cup after Bangladesh’s star all-rounder Shakib Al Hassan.

Theekshana, who has been termed as the new Ajantha Mendis, has scalped eight wickets so far. While he picked three wickets each against Namibia and Ireland, he later returned with impressive figures of 2/3 against the Netherlands in the final qualifying game on Friday.

After winning all their three games against Namibia, Ireland and Netherlands, Sri Lanka secured a comfortable place in the Super 12 of Group 1.

The islanders are now placed in the group along with Australia, South Africa, two-time T20 World Cup champions West Indies, Bangladesh and England.

After Bangladesh, Sri Lanka will be up against Australia on October 28 in Dubai before facing South Africa and England in Sharjah on October 20 and November 1 respectively. The islanders will take on the Windies in their last group game in Abu Dhabi on November 4.

Team India to tour Pakistan after 17 years for Asia Cup 2023, claims report

After a long gap of 17 years, Team India is expected to tour Pakistan as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been reportedly awarded the hosting rights for the Asia Cup 2023.

As the PCB hosts its home fixtures in Pakistan and after being awarded the hosting rights of the showpiece event, the Men in Blue will have to visit the naeighbouring nation in 2023.

As per a reports in Cricbuzz, in the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting on Friday, it was unanimously decided to allot the 2023 edition of the Asia Cup to Pakistan, which will be played in the ODI format.

“The ACC meeting, chaired by Jay Shah, the secretary of BCCI, has recognised that it is the turn of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to host the event and the Pakistan board, as it has been maintaining in the recent times, has declared that it will not host the event at a neutral venue, but in Pakistan only,” the report said.

“The decision, it is understood, is a unanimous one. Sources from both the BCCI and PCB have confirmed the decisions. The exact schedule of the events will be finalised soon but the 50-over Asia Cup, incidentally, will be staged in a 50-over World Cup year that has been allotted to India. The PCB was represented by its new chairman Ramiz Raja,” it added.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja held an informal meeting Friday with his Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) counterpart Saurav Ganguly.

The meeting between the two cricket board heads took place at the sidelines of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting,

The 2023 edition will follow a T20 Asia Cup in Sri Lanka next year.

Also, as there will be a 50-over World Cup in 2023, the Asia Cup will be played in the ODI format.

Earlier in the year 2018, the prestigious tournament was also played in the 50-over format while the Asia Cup 2020, which was scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka, was cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic.

Notably, due to the political relations between the two countries, India and Pakistan now only face each other in ICC events and Asia Cups.

The two side had last met in the 2019 World Cup, which took place in England.

The arch-rivals are next scheduled to resume their rivalry during the league stage of the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021 on October 24.

During the ACC meeting, Raja also met representatives of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Emirates cricket boards.

Meanwhile, several reports also claimed that Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief Sourav Ganguly invited Raja to attend the Indian Premier League (IPL) final between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) however, the PCB chief did not attend the match as he was scheduled to return to Pakistan late on Friday after completing the ACC meeting.

RCB release Hasaranga & Chameera from team bubble

The Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Monday released the Sri Lankan duo of all-rounders Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera from the team’s bio-bubble.

After being released, both Hasaranga and Chameera will join their national squad ahead of its Round 1 matches in the men’s T20 World Cup, starting from October 17.

The development also means that Hasaranga and Chameera will not be available for selection in Monday’s Eliminator match against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Sharjah.

“Wanindu Hasaranga & Dushmantha Chameera have been released from the RCB bio bubble as they join up with the SL team for their #WT20 qualifiers. We wish both of them the best & thank them for their professionalism & hard work during #IPL2021,” said a tweet by the franchise on Monday.

Earlier, the Lankan duo of Hasaranga and Chameera were signed in as replacement players ahead of the second half of IPL 2021 in place of Australian duo Adam Zampa and Daniel Sams.

While, Hasaranga played two matches for the franchise but ended up with no wickets and could only manage one run with the bat, Chameera didn’t played a signle game for the RCB in the league stage.

Earlier on Sunday, Hasaranga had thanked the franchise for handing him the experience of playing in the IPL.

“Here’s saying a heartfelt thank you and wishing my family/team mates at @royalchallengersbangalore all the best for the playoffs. This is probably the year we win it all. This experience has been amazing, from team to management to everything. There is a strong bond of brotherhood and friendship we share here. I’m truly grateful for the opportunity. Go well RCB,” wrote Hasaranga on his Instagram account.

Hasaranga’s teammate in Bangalore, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal commented on the post, saying ‘Good luck brotherman.’

In the upcoming T20 World Cup, Sri Lanka, the 2014 champions, are part of Group A alongside Namibia, the Netherlands and Ireland in Round 1 and will begin their campaign against Namibia on October 18 in Abu Dhabi.

The Kohli-led RCB had finished the IPL 2021 league stage at the third place after bagging 18 points in their kitty from 14 games.

Of the 14 games, the Bangalore-based franchise won nine games and lost five to finish a place ahaead of KKR.

KKR, on the other hand, had 14 points after the completion of the league stage as it had won seven games while lost the remaining seven.

While the RCB is yet to lift the coveted trophy, KKR had won the IPL twice in 2012 and 2014.

Both the sides will clash for one final time in the ongoing season in Sharjah on Monday evening. While the winner of the contest will move a step ahead towards the final, the loser will be eliminated from the tournament.

Monday’s winner will next face last year’s runners-up Delhi Capitals, which had gone down to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the first Qualifier on Sunday, at the Dubai International Cricket stadium in Dubai on Wednesday.

Supreme TV bags exclusive broadcast rights of LPL for Sri Lanka

Supreme TV, Sri Lanka’s TV channel, has acquired the exclusive rights to broadcast the Lanka Premier League (LPL) in Sri Lanka, from the IPG Group, the official franchise and broadcast holder.

The multi-year agreement, positioned as one of the biggest broadcast deals so far in the Island Nation will help LPL penetrate deep into every nook and corner of the country and Supreme TV is committed to play an integral part in the television and digital transmission of the LPL starting from the second season.

Sony will continue to be the official broadcaster of the league in India.

Commenting on the development, RM Manivannan, Chairman Supreme TV, said: “It is with great pride and humility we undertake this joyous mission. Supreme TV has become a household name and it is the fastest growing Sinhala Language channel in Sri Lanka with special focus on sports and entertainment. At a time when our nation is going through a challenging period due to the Covid-19 pandemic, LPL comes as a breath of fresh air to infuse positivity and regain its character as a sport loving nation. LPL brings to the island the revolutionary concept of franchise T20 cricket which features international cricketers of repute pitched along with our own leading cricketers, not to mention the budding ones who greatly learn from this exposure.”

“One of my biggest hopes is that young and upcoming cricketing talent that our country has always been blessed with, uses this opportunity to harness their talent and soon start to compete for selection in the national side. LPL is a great opportunity given to Sri Lankans to see many cricketing stars in action, whilst passionately supporting their preferred team all in our turf. Supreme TV considers it a great privilege to take this rare entertainment to all Sri Lankans – the urban elite, as well as to every village, with their strong island wide coverage for a continuous period of almost a month. For a cricket loving nation, which is slowly disengaging from the pandemic at this moment, opportunity to enjoy the high quality second season from home is probably the best year end gift,” he added.

On the other hand, Anil Mohan, Founder and CEO of Dubai-based production giant IPG, the official promoter of LPL said: “It gives me immense pleasure to welcome on board Supreme TV as our broadcast partner of the prestigious Lanka Premier League and I can confidently say that this association is a great testament to the brand LPL. In the first edition, from Sri Lanka alone we garnered a total viewership of 1.9 million which is quite significant. Our first season was big success and with the addition of Supreme TV, we will only grow bigger.”

The inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) which was played in a bio-secure bubble at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota from November 26 till December 16, 2020, reached a cumulative audience of 557 million people through TV, digital-social space, and traditional media outlets.

Sponsors enjoyed a media evaluation (visibility) of $54.5m and title sponsor MY11CIRCLE enjoyed a ROI of 9.85x. Winner of the first edition of LPL, Jaffna Kings tops the valuation chart with $3.98m, followed by Galle Gladiators ($3.82m), Dambulla Vikings – now Dambulla Giants, ($3.54m), Colombo Kings ($3.44m), and Kandy Tuskers ($3.19m).

The LPL matches which were telecast live by Sky Sports, Sony Sports Network, Geo, PTV, and Willow TV, ITN in Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, UK, US, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand saw 155 million people tuning in to catch live action.

On social media, it achieved a reach of 218 million and LPL found 133,478 mentions as the League came alive with each and every match with some scintillating performances on the ground.

Reports of players ‘deliberately underperforming’ in T20I series denied by SLC

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Thursday refuted allegations of its players ‘deliberately underperforming’ in the recently-concluded T20I series against South Africa.

The development came after some media reports in the island nation claimed that some of the players in the team did not fully commit themselves on the field in a comprehensive 3-0 series loss to South Africa.

“Sri Lanka Cricket has not received such a complaint from the ‘Team Management’ against any player of the National squad. Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to inform you that it was the same group of players who played in the ODI series which Sri Lanka won against South Africa,” read an official statement from the SLC.

“Sri Lanka not only won the ODI series vs South Africa 2-1 but also gained crucial points and climbed up in the rankings of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League. It is understood and acknowledged by the fans that the Sri Lanka National Team, since the recent past is, progressing forward by winning important contests and heading in the right direction,” added the statement.

Meanwhile, the SLC has also requested news organisations in the country to follow ethical journalism ahead of next month’s men’s T20 World Cup, starting on October 17 in Oman and the UAE.

“Therefore, Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to request from the respective news organizations, which published the false and fabricated news item to follow ethical journalism practices, as such, false reporting will destabilize and scuttle the National Team’s preparations ahead of the crucial ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.”

“Such false reporting will also mentally affect the players, who are showing commitment and desire to count their presence in the team, as witnessed in the recent competitions, Sri Lanka played,” concluded the statement.

Sri Lanka, the 2014 champions, are placed in Group A of the first round of the mega event. They are scheduled to take on their Group A opponents Namibia in their first match of the T20 World Cup in on October 18 followed by Ireland on October 20 in Abu Dhabi and the Netherlands on October 22 in Sharjah.

Earlier, the SLC had announced a 15-member Sri Lankan squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup, which will be led by Dasun Shanaka.

The islanders are slated to begin their campaign in the showpiece event on October 18 against Namibia in Abu Dhabi in Group A of the First Round.

In Group A, Sri Lanka have been drawn with drawn with Ireland and the Netherlands apart from Namibia.

The major absence from the Sri Lanka squad are Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka, who all ahve been banned for a year for breaking the Covid-19 protocols during the side’s England tour in July this year.

With Kusal Perera’s return after an injury, Minod Bhanuka, who was keeping the wickets in Perera’s absence, also misses out.

Off-spinner Maheesh Theekshana, 21, who made his T20I debut in the first match against South Africa and dismissed Heinrich Klaasen, has been included.

The other spinners in the squad are left-armer Praveen Jayawickrema, who made his international debut earlier this year, and Wanindu Hasaranga.

Jayawickrema is the only uncapped member in the squad but has been included on the basis of his terrific performances in other formats. He had an excellent Test debut against Bangladesh in April, picking up 11 wickets in the match. He also has played five ODIs so far and picked up five wickets.

The fast bowling department will be led by Dushmantha Chameera along with veteran seamer Nuwan Pradeep and all-rounder Chamika Karunaratne.

They have also named four reserves, who will travel with the squad as injury cover — Lahiru Kumara, Binura Fernando, Akila Dananjaya and Pulina Tharanga.

Sri Lanka legend Malinga announces retirement from all forms of cricket

Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga has decided to hang up his boots in T20I cricket, bringing an end to a glorious international career on Tuesday.

Taking to Twitter, the 38-year-old tweeted, “Hanging up my T20 shoes and retiring from all forms of cricket! Thankful to all those who supported me in my journey, and looking forward to sharing my experience with young cricketers in the years to come.”

Malinga had played 30 Test matches, 226 ODIs and 84 T20Is for Sri Lanka, scalping a total of 546 international wickets in his fantastic career.

He last featured for his national side in a T20I match against West Indies in Pallekele in March 2020.

In a glorious international career, Malinga experienced some incredible highs representing the Sri Lankan national team. Malinga led his side to glory in the 2014 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Bangladesh.

A fearsome pacer known for his menacing yorkers, Malinga is the leading wicket-taker in T20I cricket with his 107 scalps. Malinga also has two T20I hat-tricks to his name.

Malinga also picked up three hat-tricks in ODI cricket, with his performance against South Africa in the 2007 World Cup in West Indies etched in history. Malinga retired from Test cricket in 2011, to work on his fitness and concentrate on the shorter formats of the game.

Although he had already retired from Test cricket in 2011 and ODIs in 2019 but continued to play T20Is for Sri Lanka.

In his 30 Tests, Malinga picked 101 wickets, averaging 33.16.

He bagged 338 and 107 wickets in ODIs and T20Is, averaging 28.87 and 20.79 respectively.

Notably, Malinga is the only player in the history of the game to have taken four wickets off four consecutive deliveries in an ODI and has four international hat-tricks to his name.