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by Andrew Wood Friday 23 June 2017
Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has decided to pull out from the upcoming season of Natwest T20 Blast citing personal reasons.
The 40-year-old was signed by Lancashire Lighting last month and was set to join the squad ahead of the opening game against Durham.
However, the Indian Premier League winning Mumbai Indians head coach has now decided against participating in the tournament.
Lancashire head coach Glen Chapple has expressed disappointment on the news.
"It's disappointing that Mahela won't be joining us for the upcoming T20 campaign.
"We are currently reviewing and reassessing all options from a player perspective ahead of the NatWest T20 Blast campaign in light of this news."
Jayawardene already has experience of featuring for Sussex and Somerset in the previous editions of the tournament.
Speaking about his decision to pull out, Jayawardene said: "I am very disappointed to be unable to join Lancashire Lightning in the upcoming NatWest T20 Blast as planned.
"I would like to wish the Club a successful campaign this year."
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