Again, with the news, on Malinga. I somehow missed that he retired from test cricket last week, but it looks as though it is official. Further, he thanked, get this, the IPL, the bastion of all that is unholy about cricket, for giving him another chance to get healthy, and get noticed. Mmmm…the IPL, the death knell for cricket: saving the career of the one the most electric and entertaining cricketers on the planet. What say you now, British press?
Of course, he does go on to blame the Sri Lankan federation for their lack of concern, and one would hope that the Indian or English cricket boards would be more careful with their stars’ injuries, but I think it is truly a feather in the cap of the IPL. Not only does it allow for the development of a great many young Indian cricketers, but it provides a platform for players from around the world to prove to their country boards that they are ready compete at the highest level.
Ongoing today: Delhi v Bangalore, County Cricket, and something called the “Premiere League Tournament Tier A” – which I believe is Sri Lankan club cricket. That’s it, early meeting today, maybe a rare afternoon post later?