Colombo - Sri Lanka's controversial fast bowler Lasith
Malinga has been diagnosed with a viral influenza and will sit out the second
one-day international against Zimbabwe on Sunday, the cricket board said.
Malinga, who was slapped with a suspended six-month match
ban earlier this week, has been told to take two days of rest after coming down
with the bug.
"Medical reports have ruled him out of the next game
and recommended a rest period of 48 hours," Sri Lanka Cricket said in a
It added that Lakshan Sandakan did not play in the first ODI
on Friday at Galle because he had the same virus.
Malinga, 33, took one wicket on Friday, giving away 51 runs
in the game which Zimbabwe won by six wickets.
The 80-kilo bowler was disciplined after he
pleaded guilty to comparing the country's sports minister Dayasiri Jayasekera
to a monkey for saying national cricket players were too fat and unfit.
Jayasekera has given national players three months to
improve their level of fitness or get booted out.
He said the entire team selected to play against Zimbabwe
were below the internationally accepted fitness level.