Dilshan joins City Kaitak for HK T20 Blitz

“I will help with the long-term development of the game in Hong Kong”

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Flamboyant Sri Lanka batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan has become the latest player to sign up for the Hong Kong T20 Blitz from March 8-12.

Dilshan, who is also a handy spinner, is the first marquee signing of City Kaitak, who are one of the new franchises in the second installment of the tournament.

“I am very excited to be associated with City Kaitak and looking forward to playing in Hong Kong with a great bunch of young Hong Kong players,” Dilshan said. “Not only will I use every opportunity to play my favourite shot, Dilscoop, wearing the City Kaitak colours and entertain the viewers, but I will help with the long-term development of the game in Hong Kong.”

Cricket Hong Kong CEO Tim Cutler added: “Who better to be the next marquee player announced in the Hong Kong T20 Blitz than Tillakaratne Dilshan. Long have cricket fans argued about who played the scoop shot first, Dilshan or Hong Kong’s Ryan Campbell – and now, both are going to be involved in the tournament.”

City Kaitak, who have appointed former India batsman Robin Singh as their head coach, were nothing short of thrilled to have secured the services of Dilshan.

“We are extremely delighted to have such a senior and respected player like Dilshan join our City Kaitak team, which has a good mix of young talented cricketers from Hong Kong. With four more overseas players yet to be announced, City Kaitak is a clear favourite,” a team spokesperson said.

The 40-year-old has represented Sri Lanka in 87 Tests and scored 5,492 runs, which includes 16 centuries and 23 fifties, at an average of 40.98.

He has also featured in 330 ODIs and amassed 10,290 runs, which includes 22 hundreds and 47 half-centuries, at an average of 39.27.

In regards to his Twenty20 International career, the Kalutara native represented Sri Lanka in 80 matches and accumulated 1,889 runs, which includes a century and 13 fifties, at an average of 28.19 and a strike rate of 120.54.

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