Sri Lanka‘s fast bowling ace Lasith Malinga is a major doubt for next year’s World Cup as he is set to undergo Arthroscopy surgery on his left ankle.
The star bowler is likely to be out of action for at least four months and could miss the ICC Cricket World Cup which begins in New Zealand and Australia on February 14.
“Malinga will leave for Australia on Saturday morning as we are keen to see him recover as early as possible for the World Cup. Obviously, he is one of the most crucial players for Sri Lanka’s chances,” Sri Lanka Cricket’s Chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya told Daily Mirror.
He is also likely to miss almost all matches in the way ODI series against New Zealand who would also play seven ODIs from January 11 to 29 next year.
Sri Lanka team’s physiotherapist Steve Mount has revealed that Malinga has suffered a “long term issue with chronic left ankle pain” due to “a combination of cartilage degeneration, excessive bone in the joint, and bone marrow ocedema”.