Colombo: Sri Lanka’s interim coach Stuart Law has said that he does not hold any grudges over fast bowler Lasith Malinga’s decision to quit Test cricket and to continue playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) despite a chronic knee condition.
“It’s a tough one for the players because we’re not talking about 10,000 dollars here and there. We’re talking about a million dollars and Malinga, when he bowls, he puts his body through hell, so two more years of IPL cricket and he can put his feet up and not go through that pain again,” said Law.
“It’s disappointing that he doesn’t want to play [the] longer [format cricket], but you can’t make a guy who goes through hell every time he bowls a cricket ball. I can sympathize with him. I would love him to play every game for us, but that’s impossible, no one does that these days,” he added.
Law further said that he is excited about rebuilding the Sri Lankan team with an aggressive new leader in Tillakaratne Dilshan.
“Sri Lanka will go through a rebuilding phase now, but the amount of talent that is yet to play international cricket at this stage is amazing,” Law said.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) had appointed Law as coach following Trevor Bayliss’ decision to leave the post.
The 42-year-old had been assisting Bayliss since 2009.
Sri Lanka tour England from May 26 to July 9 for three Test matches and five one-day internationals.