Lasith Malinga will miss the upcoming Indian Premier League 2020 for personal reasons. Mumbai Indians have signed Australian pacer James Pattinson as replacement.
The Australian will join the team in Abu Dhabi this weekend.
Also read: Mumbai Indians’ Hardik Pandya Urges Everyone to Follow Bio-secure Bubble Rules in UAE
Owner Akash Ambani welcomed Pattinson on board and extended all support to Malinga in a press release issued by the franchise.
“James is the right fit for us and adds to our pace attack options available at hand especially for the conditions we will play in this season. Lasith is a legend and a pillar of MI’s strength. There is no denying the fact that we will miss Lasith’s cricketing acumen this season. However, we fully understand Lasith’s need to be in Sri Lanka with his family during this time.Mumbai Indians is founded on the values of ‘One Family’ and for us the members of our squad and their wellbeing will always hold utmost importance.We welcome James to our One Family,” the release quoted him as saying.
More to follow…