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    Malinga pulls out of Middlesex T20

    Malinga complained of soreness in his knee and back and has been told to rest after completing his IPL duties.

    LONDON: Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga has decided against playing for Middlesex in English county cricket's Twenty20 competition, the county's managing director Angus Fraser announced on Monday.

    The 28-year-old paceman, whose unusual 'slingshot' action makes him difficult to face, has been told to rest after completing his Indian Premier League duties with the Mumbai Indians. Malinga, who retired from Test cricket last year, complained of soreness in his knee and back after the IPL campaign.

    "Naturally, we are extremely disappointed that Lasith will not playing for Middlesex CCC in this summer's T20. Everyone at the club was looking forward to working with and watching Lasith play for The Panthers. His presence would have added a healthy dose of star dust to proceedings,” said Fraser.

    "I totally understand Lasith's concerns - his workload has been and is high - but I am disappointed we are the side to be denied of his services. A lot of work goes in to securing these deals and getting 'No Objection Certificates' from the relevant governing bodies.”

    "But we are not the only county to suffer in this way and over the coming days we will do all we can to secure the services of another high quality international cricketer for our T20 campaign," said Fraser, the former England pace bowler and cricket correspondent.