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Malinga hurls a toe-crusher at Ranatunga

Sri Lankan speedster Lasith Malinga today blamed the country's cricket administration, led by the former captain Arjuna Ranatunga, for aggravating his knee injury that forced him to retire from Test cricket.

cricket Updated: Apr 27, 2011 00:31 IST
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Sri Lankan speedster Lasith Malinga today blamed the country's cricket administration, led by the former captain Arjuna Ranatunga, for aggravating his knee injury that forced him to retire from Test cricket.

Without naming Ranatunga he said, "The 2008 interim committee did not care for my well being," Malinga said adding that due to his knee injury he could not even climb the stairs of his house.

He didn't hide his displeasure at being treated shabbily by the 2008 interim committee. "I was offered a basic contract when I deserved better."

As Ranatunga led the committee, it is well understood that Malinga's grievance is pointed towards whom. "My knees are getting weaker," Malinga said explaining his decision to quit playing Test cricket.

"I decided that I needed to make myself unavailable for Test cricket so that I can prolong my career as a national cricketer," Malinga had said after the official announcement of his decision to quit Test cricket.

The slinger is hopeful that he will be selected for the ODI and T20 series in England and also to play the shorter version of the game when the Australians will tour Sri Lanka in August.

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