Middlesex lose Malinga for T20

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The Independent Online

The Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga will not play Twenty20 for Middlesex this season, due to injury concerns. The 28-year-old has asked to withdraw from a seven-game deal that he signed earlier this month.

Middlesex's director of cricket, Andy Fraser, said: "Everyone was looking forward to working with Lasith. I am disappointed we are to be denied his services."

Malinga played for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League, taking 22 wickets at 15.90. His appearances were restricted by knee and back injuries.