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IPL 2020: Mumbai Indians sign Pattinson as Malinga's replacement
Sri Lankan pacer opts out due to personal reasons
Defending champions Mumbai Indians have roped in Australian pacer James Pattinson as a replacement for Lasith Malinga for the Dream11 IPL 2020 season.
Malinga has requested unavailability for the season for personal reasons and to be with family back home in Sri Lanka, according to a press release.
James Pattinson will join Mumbai Indians team currently based in Abu Dhabi this weekend.
Owner Akash Ambani welcomed James on board and extended all support to Lasith.
"James is the right fit for us and adds to our pace attack options available at hand especially for the conditions we will play in this season in UAE.
"Malinga is a legend and a pillar of MI's strength. There is no denying the fact that we will miss his cricketing acumen this season. However, we fully understand Malinga's need to be in Sri Lanka with his family during this time.
"Mumbai Indians is founded on the values of 'One Family' and for us the members of our squad and their wellbeing will always hold utmost importance."
We welcome James to our One Family."
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