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Malinga ruled out of World Twenty20

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Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga has been ruled out of the remainder of the World Twenty20 after failing to recover from a knee injury.

Malinga, 32, missed Thursday’s win over Afghanistan and will return home.

He was named captain midway through Sri Lanka’s victorious World T20 campaign in 2014, but stood down just before this year’s tournament in India and was replaced by Angelo Mathews.

Sri Lanka are yet to name his replacement.

Malinga is fourth on the all-time list of T20 international wicket-takers.

His replacement is likely to come from the players taking part in practice matches in Colombo on Friday.

Sri Lanka’s next match is against West Indies on Sunday.

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