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Lasith Malinga and Chris Gayle pull out of LPL

Chris Gayle and Lasith Malinga, two of T20 cricket’s biggest draws, have pulled out of the inaugural Lanka Premier League.

Withdrawal of While Gayle was confirmed by their franchise Kandy Tuskers, Malinga pulled out citing “inadequate preparation time,” according to ESPNcricinfo.

The 41-year-old Gayle holds the record for hitting the most number of sixes in the T20 format. He recently turned up for Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League.

Malinga was one of the Galle Gladiators' marquee players, and was expected to lead that team. Malinga had not played a competitive match since March, and said that the lack of cricket and training this year had prompted his decision to withdraw.

"Since the West Indies series early this year, I haven't had any cricket, and there hasn't been any training for me at all," Malinga reported ESPNcricinfo. "When the draft happened last month, I thought there would be about three weeks of training before the LPL, but there has been nothing. They are only having us come to Hambantota this week, and even there they are asking us to do three days of quarantine.

"It's not easy for a bowler to play at a high level without training. At the LPL they also have matches on back-to-back days. So I decided not to play the tournament." reported ESPNcricinfo.


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