Won`t play next World Cup: Malinga

Last Updated: Apr 03, 2011, 17:07 PM IST

Colombo: Dejected after Sri Lanka`s second successive loss in the World Cup finals and prone to injuries, pacer Lasith Malinga announced that he will not be around to play the next edition of the mega-event.

"I hope to be of service to my team as long as I can, but I won`t be able to play in the next World Cup in 2015. I have been carrying injuries for the past few weeks and with little rest," the 27-year-old told a local TV channel here.

The bowler with a sling-arm action was laid low by a right knee injury in 2008 and 2009 but did not say what might be troubling him right now.

"I ask the youngsters to play well in the next World Cup," he said. Malinga and the rest of the Sri Lankan team touched down in the country after losing the final by six wickets against India last night.

Malinga did well for himself on Saturday when he grabbed the wickets of Indian openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag but didn`t get the support from other bowlers as the hosts romped home easily.

"I did what the team expected me to do," the bowler, who has taken 127 wickets in 84 one-dayers, said. "I couldn`t bowl yorkers properly because the ball was too wet. It was difficult to swing the ball. I tried hard. I regret I couldn`t take more wickets," he added.

Sri Lanka`s first and only World Cup triumph came in 1996 but they lost to Australia in the final of the previous edition in 2007.

PTI