Lasith Malinga. (Source: Twitter)

Mumbai Indians and Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga will not be a part of the IPL this year after he made himself unavailable citing personal reasons. Malinga has been replaced by Australia paceman James Pattinson.

Malinga has been a part of the MI franchise since 2009 and has been a consistent performer for them. He has 170 wickets in 122 matches.

“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,” MI owner Akash Ambani said. “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.”

Malinga has a bowling average of 19.30 while has an impressive economy of 7.14.

The IPL 2020 begins from September 19 in UAE but the exact schedule is yet to come. This is the third instance when the IPL is happening out of India.

The 2009 edition took place in South Africa while the first half of the 2014 was held in UAE.