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Dilshan is the latest in a series of Sri Lankan player to sign a deal with a CPL franchise
Flamboyant Sri Lanka opening batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan has agreed to a deal with the Guyana Amazon Warriors, which will see him represent the franchise for the remainder of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
Dilshan will replace New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill, who broke a bone in his right hand during Guyana’s match against the Antigua Hawksbills on August 17.
Dilshan is set to play alongside his team-mate Lasith Malinga, who recently signed a contract with the Amazon Warriors as well.
The other Sri Lankan players participating in the inaugural edition of the tournament include veteran batsman Mahela Jayawardene, who is playing for the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel, wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara and spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, both of whom are representing the Jamaica Tallawahs.
Speaking about the signing of Dilshan, Guyana coach Roger Harper said: “While it is sad to lose a player of Martin Guptill’s ability at this stage of the tournament, we are delighted to have secured a top-quality replacement in Tillakaratne Dilshan.
“He offers so much to any side he plays for, as an attacking batsman, a useful bowler and also someone who is outstanding in the field. We look forward to him linking up with us ahead of Thursday’s semi-final and his big-match experience will be a great asset to us.”