Lasith Malinga is replaced by James Pattinson for the IPL 2020!

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Lasith Malinga’s franchise Mumbai Indians said that the fast bowler will not be playing in the upcoming IPL season.

The Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga on Wednesday announced that he will be unavailable for the IPL 2020 which will start from September 19th. Mumbai Indians announced Australian pacer James Pattinson as Malinga’s replacement for the IPL 2020.

Mumbai Indians owner Akash Ambani welcomed Pattinson & extended his full support to Malinga. James is the right fit for us and adds to our pace attack options available at hand especially for the conditions we will play in this season in UAE,” he was quoted as saying in the press release.

“Lasith is a legend and a pillar of MI’s strength. There is no denying the fact that we will miss Lasith’s cricketing acumen this season. However, we fully understand Lasith’s need to be in Sri Lanka with his family during this time. Mumbai Indians believes in motto of ‘One Family’ & for us their wellbeing is always our priority”, Akash Ambani said.

Malinga is IPL’s leading bowler who fetched 170 wickets & has helped Mumbai Indians to won the title for the fourth time against CSK last year in IPL 2019.