Injured Malinga doubtful for IPL

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Colombo, Mar 29 (UNI) Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga, who is struggling with a knee injury, is doubtful for the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

''I've had this injury in Australia and played with it,'' Malinga said. ''However, as it got worse I couldn't tour the West Indies too.'' ''It is tough at this stage to be sure about IPL, but I am very hopeful I can make it,'' he added.

The 24-year-old expressed his disappointment at being forced to miss Sri Lanka's ongoing tour of the West Indies.

''I would have loved to be with the team and enjoy its success,'' he said adding, ''I am still under treatment and working hard.'' Malinga was signed by Mumbai Indians who will open their IPL campaign against Bangalore Royal Challengers on April 20.

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