Sydney Thunder sign Dilshan

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“It’s such a wonderful, competitive tournament”

Sri Lanka opening batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan has signed with the Sydney Thunder for the upcoming edition of the Big Bash League (BBL), which gets underway on December 20.

Dilshan will miss the Thunder’s first two matches against the Sydney Sixers and Adelaide Strikers due to Sri Lanka’s ODI series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, but he will be available for the rest of the tournament.

“I’m really keen to play in the Big Bash,” Dilshan said. “It’s such a wonderful, competitive tournament.

“I’ve been hoping to play for the past three years but [each time] I’ve had to go for international duty. This year I’m free to play almost the entire tournament. It’s really exciting. I’ve always enjoyed Australian wickets, with the extra bounce. I’m really eager for this opportunity.”

Dilshan, who recently announced his retirement from Test cricket, revealed that his decision to sign with the Thunder was influenced by his relationship with their coach, Chandika Hathurusinghe, who is a former Sri Lanka batsman.

The flamboyant opener added that he was looking forward to playing alongside legendary Australia batsman Michael Hussey.

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