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Flamboyant Sri Lanka opener Tillakaratne Dilshan will not represent the Southern Express in the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) due to family commitments.
Despite not playing for Southern Express in the Super Fours tournament, Dilshan was still named in their 15-man squad for the CLT20.
Dilshan is the second national team player Southern Express have lost after pace bowler Lasith Malinga opted to play for the Mumbai Indians.
“Not having Malinga is a bit of a blow for us as he was a part of the team in Colombo,” Southern Express manager Shane Fernando said. “As far as Dilshan is concerned he didn’t attend the practice and played games. Obviously he is big player and a great batsman. But we have a good balanced side and are looking to do well in the championship.”