Sri Lanka can win ICC World T20, says Malinga

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Published: Monday, August 27, 2012, 16:04 [IST]
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Sri Lanka can win ICC World T20: Malinga

Colombo, Aug 27: The ongoing Sri Lanka Premier League would benefit Sri Lanka's chances at ICC World T20, feels pacer Lasith Malinga as his teammates have prepared extremely well as they are playing the inaugural edition of SLPL.

"SLPL is a good preparation for the Twenty20 World Cup. All the Sri Lankan players know the conditions very well and we have a chance to win the Twenty20 World Cup," Malinga, who led Ruhuna Royals in SLPL.

Since most of the players were into Sri Lanka Premier League, they will be benefitted as the T20 World Cup will also be played in their country and moreover, since they have prepared well for T20s, it would be easy for them to take on any country.

"It is an advantage for us and we are ready for the Twenty20 World Cup," he added.

Playing the first edition of SLPL, Malinga said the players need time to get adjusted to the format, moreover many of them did not know how to play the format, but said it was indeed good for Sri Lanka.

"It's the first year of SLPL and the local players are yet to adjust to T20 leagues. They don't know how to play T20 cricket. They will learn and get better in future. It's a good thing for Sri Lanka," he said.

Despite a poor show at SLPL, Malinga hopes for a turnaround in the T20 World Cup which is scheduled to start on September 18.

"Definitely, my performance was not up to the mark. But I am hoping that I will do well in the Twenty20 World Cup," said Malinga who took seven wickets from six matches.

While most of the Lankan players feel SLPL will di a world of good for the local players and the international players as they can prepare well for the mega event. Moreover, since the local players are into the format, they will get more positives from playing SLPL.

Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene who was wary about his team members as playing continously might end up in injuries to key players, but was a relieved man as there weren't any injuries.

He also felt that since the inaugural edition was squeezed before the start of the T20 World Cup, international players who played the league would be benefitted.

"In a way it was a good preparation but I was a bit worried that injuries might happen to the players just so near the Twenty20 World Cup.

"We had some injuries to players but fortunately they will be OK for the T20 World Cup. In all, there were more positives from the SLPL than the negatives," he said.


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