Former Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga has been hired to train young players of different age groups in Australia, former fast bowler, Prabath Nissanka, who works with the Melbourne Cricket Coaching Academy in Australia confirmed.
Malinga had previously retired from the ODI and Test format but played on in T20Is with the hopes of making it to the T20 World Cup squad. Once it was confirmed that he had no place in the side, the 38-year-old announced retirement from the shortest format too.
Now, he will be working with the academy in helping develop the potential in young bowlers down under.
“We are conducting a fast-bowling master-class with Malinga. This will be done with the white ball to prepare players for ODIs and T20s. He is all set to begin his coaching stints with the players at our academy. He will also train the local coaches,” Nissanka said in a conversation with Daily Mirror.
Lasith Malinga’s coaching stint to last for six weeks
Nissanka provided further details on the agreement between the parties, stating that Lasith Malinga will be coaching for a period of six weeks.
“We are mainly focusing on giving knowledge on the art of fast bowling, the techniques, and challenges to the younger generation. We will be doing a series of camps, organising matches. He will be with us for about six weeks and Malinga’s expertise will provide a good opportunity for the players of Asian origins, especially Sri Lankan and Indian players,” Nissanka mentioned.
Known popularly as ‘Slinga Malinga’, the Lankan bowler has taken 101 wickets in 30 Tests, 338 wickets in 226 ODIs, and 107 wickets in 84 T20Is.