Colombo: Lasith Malinga will be one of the World Cup’s oldest players but the Sri Lanka paceman shows no signs of slowing down as he bids to prove his critics wrong. Malinga was stripped of the Sri Lanka one-day international captaincy in April after losing all eight matches in a troubled reign that lasted just four months. Sri Lanka’s selectors, led by former fast bowler Ashantha de Mel, said Malinga was unable to unite the team, while he was also accused of falling out with other senior players. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunThat hammer blow reportedly prompted Malinga to consider retirement, but he opted to stay on after being named in the World Cup squad. The 35-year-old recently reminded the world of his enduring qualities when he claimed 16 wickets for the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. He produced a sensational final over in the Twenty20 final against Chennai Super Kings to hand Mumbai a record fourth IPL title. Malinga frequently hits speeds of over 86 miles-per-hour (138 kph), while his devastating slower balls were in evidence during the IPL, a welcome sign for embattled Sri Lanka ahead of the World Cup in England and Wales, which starts on May 30. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upWith several inexperienced bowlers in Sri Lanka’s squad, Malinga, with 322 ODI wickets to his name, is expected to be the cutting edge to the team’s attack. Once he got over the shock of losing the captaincy, Malinga’s appetite for the game returned as he shuttled between Sri Lanka and India to play in the domestic tournament and fulfil his IPL commitments. Malinga was Sri Lanka’s captain when they won the 2014 World T20 title with a host of stalwarts by his side including Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan. But following the retirement of Sri Lanka’s big guns, a new crop of players made their way into the side, a group selector De Mel believes did not fully back the quick bowler as skipper. New captain Dimuth Karunaratne’s first major goal will be to bring a hurting Malinga back into the fold to ensure the team get the best out of the old warhorse. Some of Malinga’s most memorable performances have come at the World Cup, where the bowler frequently raises his game.
The meeting comes a day before Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa presents the motion to parliament. The UNP has said it will take part in the parliament select committee once the motion is presented to parliament on Tuesday. Political party leaders are to meet tomorrow (Monday) to discuss the motion to impeach Chief Justice (CJ) Shirani Banadaranayake.Chief opposition whip John Amaratunga said that the party leaders meeting will take place in parliament tomorrow. Meanwhile JVP MP Vijitha Herath said that a protest will be staged tomorrow in Colombo against the impeachment motion on the CJ.The impeachment motion was handed over to the Speaker last week with the signatures of 117 government MPs.
Mum Natalie Miura, 30, who took her two children aged six and two, said her children were bored after being shown a DVD advertising aspects of the hotel.They were then taken to enjoy the festive experiences but she added: “It was just so disorganised. We were like cattle being herded into room after room. “The elves who were there were all quite young and not in character. When we finally got to see Santa it had been a long wait, there were water bottles littered all over the place. “You could hear other Santa’s talking in different rooms, which didn’t affect my two-year-old but my six-year-old started asking questions about who was talking and what was going on.” A winter wonderland event has attracted complaints from parents whose children were confused by hearing multiple Santas talking to youngsters in different rooms.The Celtic Manor hotel resort in Newport, Wales, has run its Christmas Kingdom since 2012 and includes a Santa’s Grotto, ice skating area, bratwurst hut and food stands.However, this year the event has seen people complain about the festivities on social media. You could hear other Santa’s talking in different rooms, which didn’t affect my two-year-old but my six-year-old started asking questions about who was talking and what was going on.Mum Natalie Miura She added: “It was not a magical experience for the children and it was very disappointing.” A spokesman for Celtic Manor said: “We aim to make the Christmas Kingdom a truly magical experience for all the family. We are disappointed to hear that some of our guests do not feel that this was the experience they received this year. “The event has been running at the resort since 2012 and has always been hugely popular, with many families returning year after year to enjoy Santa’s Grotto and the other many festive activities at the resort. “However, we take all customer feedback on board and are always looking for ways to build on our customers’ experience at Christmas Kingdom to ensure that we deliver an enjoyable event for our guests.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.