Dilshan joins Sussex
Sri Lanka opener recruited for Friends Provident t20
Last Updated: 10/03/10 7:08pm
Dilshan: Hove stint
Sri Lanka batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan has signed to play for Sussex in next season's Friends Provident t20 competition.
"The signing of one of the world's leading batsman gives us some exciting options."
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Dilshan starred for his country at last year's World Twenty20 in England, scoring 317 runs and winning the player-of-the-tournament award as Sri Lanka reached the final.
The 33-year-old will be joined at Hove by fellow overseas players Yasir Arafat and Dwayne Smith, who helped Sussex win the Twenty20 Cup in 2009 en route to the Champions League in India.
Sussex's professional cricket manager Mark Robinson is confident that, in Dilshan, his club have secured the services of a genuine match-winner.
"The recruitment of overseas players is becoming more complex as the international fixture list grows, including the possibility of staging major matches at neutral venues such as the UAE and USA," said Robinson.
"With Yasir Arafat likely to have Pakistan commitments and Dwayne Smith with the West Indies, the signing of one of the world's leading batsman gives us some exciting options.
"We want our main players to have genuine match-winning ability - and we believe we have that with Dilshan, Yasir and Dwayne.
"With that bit of luck always required, I feel our 2010 squad can emulate our 2009 T20 success."
The group stage of the Friends Provident t20 runs from June 1-July 18 with quarter-finals taking place on July 26 and 27, followed by finals day on August 14.