Malinga has asked to be let go for personal reasons the Mumbai said, while also announcing he would be replaced by Australian quick Pattinson
Veteran Sri Lanka paceman Lasith Malinga has pulled out of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 "to be with his family", his team said Wednesday, adding to growing list of players abandoning the coronavirus-hit tournament.
Malinga has asked to be let go for personal reasons the Mumbai Indians said, while also announcing he would be replaced by Australian quick James Pattinson.
The much-delayed IPL has been moved to the United Arab Emirates because of the spread of the coronavirus in India and is scheduled to start on September 19.
The 37-year old has been with the Mumbai team - record four-time IPL winner - since the inaugural edition in 2008.
Other players who have opted out of the tournament include England's Jason Roy, of the Delhi Capitals, and Suresh Raina, who quit the Chennai Super Kings after two players tested positive for coronavirus despite teams being kept in strict "bio-bubbles".
Eleven other support staff and officials from the Chennai team also tested positive for Covid-19 antibodies.
Raina said he did not want to take any chances.
Australian Kane Richardson, who was due to play for the Royals Challengers Bangalore, has also pulled out to attend the birth of his first child.
The IPL has not yet released a fixture list for the league, which runs through to November 10.