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Lasith Malinga. Credit: BCCI

Lasith Malinga, the Mumbai Indians’ pacer, has joined the team’s camp ahead of their clash against Royal Challengers Bangalore that will be taking place today.

However, the chances of him playing the contest are unlikely as he has joined the team in less than 24 hours before the contest and may not be ready for the match.

But Malinga joining the camp is big news for the team.

Earlier, he was all set to miss a major part of the league to play in the domestic tournament that was necessary to be selected in the World Cup squad.

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A report had also suggested that he had asked the franchise to find a replacement for him but in the end, BCCI took the matter in its hands that saw Malinga landing in Mumbai.

Malinga is presently the captain of Sri Lankan cricket team but there are still doubts whether he will be leading the team in World Cup or not.

Dimuth Karunaratne is a strong contender to take over captaincy duties from Malinga.

Though nothing has been confirmed and whether Malinga will lead the team or not will be cleared once Sri Lanka name their squad for World Cup.

He is an automatic selection in the Mumbai Indians’ squad but as said, he might not be part of the playing XI for today’s contest.

There is still doubt whether Jasprit Bumrah will be part of the playing XI or not.

He had suffered a shoulder issue during MI’s opening match against Delhi Capitals.

He also did not come out to bat later, that raised doubts over his fitness.

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Jasprit Bumrah. (Credits: IPL/BCCI)

Bumrah had a late arrival in Bengaluru but later, shared a post in which he was seen at M Chinnaswamy stadium.

Despite him joining the squad, it is not confirmed whether he will be playing or not.

The 25-year-old bowler had not bowled during MI’s training session ahead of the game.

Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians have signed Alzarri Joseph as a replacement for Adam Milne, who withdrew from the tournament due to an injury.

Joseph, the right-arm pacer from West Indies, has played 9 Tests and 16 ODIs. He is yet to play T20I cricket.

He has played 7 T20 games in which he has scalped 9 wickets.

This will be Joseph’s maiden IPL stint.