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Cricket World Cup 2019: Lasith Malinga takes short leave for mother-in-law's funeral

The 1996 champions were awaiting the start of their game against Bangladesh when news broke that Malinga was scheduled to fly back home after the match

Lasith Malinga is expected to return from compassionate leave in time for Sri Lanka'a next match against Australia. Getty Images
Lasith Malinga is expected to return from compassionate leave in time for Sri Lanka'a next match against Australia. Getty Images

Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga will leave the Cricket World Cup to attend his mother-in-law's funeral, but the pace bowler plans to be back for the team's next World Cup match against Australia, the country's cricket board said Tuesday.

The 1996 champions were awaiting the start of their game against Bangladesh, which was delayed due to rain in Bristol on Tuesday, when news broke that Malinga was scheduled to fly back home after the match.

"Lasith Malinga will leave the team following Sri Lanka's World Cup Game against Bangladesh, which will be played today, as his Mother-In-Law has passed away," said a Sri Lanka Cricket release.

"The player is expected to join the team, before the team's next World Cup game, which will be played against Australia on the 15th June, 2019."

Dimuth Karunaratne's side have earned three points from three games in the World Cup to far.

They lost to New Zealand in their opening match, then beat Afghanistan before a rain-abandoned game against Pakistan in Bristol on June 7.

If there is no result again in their clash with Bangladesh, it would be a major blow to their hopes of reaching the semi-finals of the 10-team tournament.

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