Oct 17, 2019

Malinga attracts highest bid in England Featured

Sri Lanka’s prominent fast bowler Lasith Malinga is reportedly among the players who had the highest bids for the upcoming ‘The Hundred’ tournament scheduled to be worked off in England.

The amount placed for Malinga was around Rs. 28 million (125,000 Sterling Pounds).

Lasith Malinga played a pivotal role in the Mumbai Indians victory in the 2019 Indian Premier League.

He has taken 338 ODI wickets and 104 wickets in the Twenty20 tournaments.

In fact, Lasith Malinga is the only bowler to have obtained four wickets in four consecutive balls.

This unique limited over cricket tournament ‘The Hundred’ to be held in England will have each team facing 100 balls.

The approval for this cricket tournament was received at the 2017 England-Wales Cricket Board election.

This tournament will follow the same rules and regulations as the Twenty20 format while the first 15 overs will include 6 balls.

However, the final over will include 10 balls.

The Hundred tournament is scheduled to be held from July 17 to August 16th in 2020.

Highest bids

There are three Australian players among the highest bid players. The other players who were bid for 125,00 Sterling Pounds are David Warner (Australia), Stephen Smith (Australia), Mitchell Starc (Australia), Chris Gayle (South Africa) and Kagiso Rabada (South Africa).

There were 570 players auctioned for this tournament and out of them 239 were foreign players and 331 were players from England.

The list of placers selected for the ‘The Hundred’ tournament is as follows;

Mahela appointed as coach

Mahela Jayawardena has been appointed as the Head Coach of the Male team based on the Southampton Province.  

Mahela served as the Coach for the Mumbai Indians Team which won the Indian Premier League Tournament of which Malinga was also part of.

In addition, Mahela also served as an advisor for the England Cricket team for a short stint between 2015-2016.

Prior to stepping into the Coaches category, 42-year-old Mahela Jayawardena participated in 149 Test Matches and scored 11,814 runs.

He also participated in 448 ODIs and amassed 12,650 runs. Having recorded 34 test centuries, Mahela steered the Sri Lankan team to the semi-finals of the 2011 World Cup.