first_imgDefending champions Mumbai Indians are set to suffer a major blow after Sri Lanka Cricket has hinted at not giving No Objection Certificate to Lasith Malinga to play in the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League. (Full IPL Coverage)According to reports, SLC is unhappy with Malinga’s attitude of picking and choosing tournaments and the two have been at loggerheads since the Asia Cup T20 in Bangladesh in February.SLC chief Tilanga Sumathipala said that the current status of Malinga’s fitness needs to be assessed before the Board decides to give him the NOC.”He can’t go without our permission. If he defies us and go, he can only return after sitting on the bench,” Sumathipala said.The Board administration had asked Malinga to leave the captaincy before the World T20 last month in obvious annoyance.Although Malinga made it to Sri Lanka World T20 team as a player, he once again opted out of the crucial tournament, citing fitness issues.As a result, Sri Lanka were forced to play the tournament without their main bowler, which turned out to be one of the main reasons for the defending champions’ ouster from the World T20 in the first round itself.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more