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Malinga will not act on doctor’s advice

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan injured fast bowler Lasith Malinga, who didn’t take part in IPL because of his injury, is going to act against the medical advice given by another Sri Lankan doctor Siri Kannangara.

Dr. Kannangara told the Sri Lankan newspaper

I had examined Malinga in January during my two trips in Sri Lanka and had advised him to take ‘minimum’ six-months rest. This six-month period can still exceed. The period is still not over now, and I wonder why he chose to play in the Asia Cup

Lasith Malinga played his last match against UAE (at Mirpur) in February before injury the very next month after the advice was given to him by the specialist and may have aggregated the injury.

Later Doctor Kannangara said Malinga listened to his advice, he may have been on a better recovery path.

I had prescribed him a few Intra-Vein injections (not cortisone). I don’t know whether Malinga did take these injections or consulted any other doctor and decided to play

That was his decision, and I can’t comment on this, he added. Dr. Kannangara is likely to arrive in Sri Lanka next month before going to London. I will not advise Malinga unless and until my advice is sought

The doctor has also treated a few international cricketers including India’s Sachin Tendulkar.

Sri Lankan pacer Chaminda Vaas had advised Tendulkar to consult me and I treated him for his back pain. Viv and Barry Richards, Clive Lloyd and many other ex-players have been successfully treated by Dr. Siri Kannangara.

Moreover, West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor on Wednesday signed for the Mumbai Indians, replacing Lasith Malinga, who was ruled out of this season’s Indian Premier League (IPL) with a knee injury.

Sri Lankan veteran Malinga returned to Colombo after the first three IPL matches without having played in the tournament to recover from the lingering injury that also kept him out of the World T20 held in India.