Dilshan signs for Derbyshire


LONDON: Sri Lanka batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan will spend two spells with Derbyshire this season, the English County Championship Division Two side announced on Tuesday.

The experienced 38-year-old will be available for up to four Twenty20 Blast fixtures and two County Championship games when he replaces New Zealand’s Martin Guptill as Derbyshire’s overseas player in June.

He will then return to the County Ground at the beginning of August after playing in the Caribbean Premier League.

“Derbyshire are an ambitious club with an exciting young team and I’m looking forward to joining them in the NatWest T20 Blast and then returning to help them finish the season strongly,” Dilshan told the club website.

“I am really pleased with my current form and this makes me confident I can make a strong contribution to Derbyshire this season.”

Dilshan has played in 87 Test matches for Sri Lanka, scoring 5,492 runs, as well as 312 one-day internationals, scoring 9,796 runs, and 232 Twenty20 fixtures, scoring over 5,000 runs. (AFP)