Injured Lasith Malinga returns home – Cricket News Roundup – April 21, 2012 – Part 2
Indian Premier League franchise, Mumbai Indians, have been dealt a blow following an injury to their spearhead pacer, Lasith Malinga, who has returned to Sri Lanka to get treatment.
Malinga complaint of soreness in his back and missed his team’s last league match against Rajasthan Royals. The leading IPL wicket taker will be out of action for at least two weeks. He is expected to be replaced by Australian pacer, Mitchell Johnson.
"He is undergoing treatment [in Sri Lanka]," Nishantha Ranatunga, the Lankan Cricket secretary, informed EspnCricinfo, while a team spokesperson added that the player ‘ required rest and it made sense to send him back home.’
West Indies’ legendary fast bowler, Michael Holding, reckons that Australian openers David Warner and Ed Cowan will need to work hard on their game in order retain their places in the national team for the Ashes, scheduled in 2013.
Holding was left unimpressed with the opening pair after watching them closely during the on-going Australia- West Indies Test series. Both men have to yet fire, despite their team leading the series by a 1-0 margin.
"I don't think the Australian openers are that hot, I think they have a lot of work to do, a lot of learning to do,"' Holding said."'I do not think these two will be good enough to do a good job in England for the Ashes," he added.
Windies’ Head Coach, Ottis Gibson, has been fined 20% of his match fee, following his criticism over the use of the Decision Review System.
Gibson complained about the lack of consistency on part of the ICC, after watching several decisions going against his team during the on-going home Test series against the Aussies. Due to financial constraints, Hot-Spot and Snicko meter technology could
not be implemented, which enraged the Windies’ coach after the standing umpires gave some dubious decisions.
His comments however, did not go well with the match referee, Jeff Crowe, who said that Gibson’s comments were highly unwanted. "In the pre-series meetings it was agreed that players and coaches should not engage in negative media comments," Jeff Crowe,
the ICC match referee, said.