Lasith Malinga, the captain of Sri Lanka in white-ball cricket was cleared by the Sri Lanka cricket board to play the IPL, skipping the domestic 50-overs tournament.
Selectors of the Sri Lankan board had made it mandatory for Sri Lankan players to play in the Super Provincial One-Day Tournament if they want to be considered for the World Cup that starts in May.
However, the board said they have decided to release the 35-year-old pacer as he would benefit from the opportunity to play with “much stronger opposition in the IPL tournament, which consists of international players.”
Malinga has taken the most wickets (154 in 110 matches) since the first edition of the IPL, where he was bought by MI for 20 million Indian rupees ($290,444).
He was the mentor of the Mumbai Indians team last year after he went unsold in the auction. This year, however, Mumbai has brought him back as a player.