Mumbai Indians on Wednesday announced that the veteran bowler Lasith Malinga will be missing the IPL season due to family reasons.
The pacer who is one of the main reasons for MI’s success will be replaced by Australian Pacer James Pattinson.
Talking about the decision, owner Akash Ambani said that Pattinson is the right fit.
“James is the right fit for us and adds to our pace attack options available at hand especially for the conditions we will play in this season.
Lasith is a legend and a pillar of MI’s strength. There is no denying the fact that we will miss Lasith’s cricketing acumen this season. However, we fully understand Lasith’s need to be in Sri Lanka with his family during this time,” he said.
James Pattinson was a part of KKR in IPL 2012.