Sri Lanka in Bangladesh 2013-14 February 10, 2014

Bangladesh domestic experience will help us - Dilshan

Tillakaratne Dilshan will bank on his Bangladesh experience as he prepares for three limited-overs events starting with the two Twenty20s against the home side. He was among 41 Sri Lankans who played in this season's Dhaka Premier Division, a domestic one-day competition.

Sri Lanka was the most represented overseas country in this year's tournament, followed by England, with 15 players, Afghanistan, with eight, and Zimbabwe, with six.

Ajantha Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Angelo Perera and Sachithra Senanayake, all members of the Sri Lanka Twenty20 team, have played for different clubs in the domestic competition. Dilshan made one fifty in four games, with an average of 37.00, playing for Mohammedan Sporting Club. In 2013, he made 154 runs at 25.66 in seven matches for BPL winners Dhaka Gladiators.

"We played a lot of cricket here on and off," Dilshan said. "But technology is there so we keep an eye on the newcomers. We have to play good cricket on the particular day, especially in T20 cricket. We can't make any mistakes. It is important to be on for all 40 overs. With one month left for the World Cup, this is good for both teams.

"Every single game playing now is important for us before the World T20s. We have to get prepared with the conditions and weather."

Sri Lanka has a good mix of young and experienced players, with Angelo Perera the new face. Dilshan, who will open with Kusal Perera, had words of praise for Dinesh Chandimal, the captain.

"I think [Chandimal] has done really well in last few series," he said. "He is learning every single game. I think it is good to give a youngster opportunity, and he is proving to be a good captain so far.

"Kusal [Perera] is a fine youngster we found. I am seeing his batting in the last two series. He is a specialist at giving a good start. It is helpful for me as well, the way he goes after the bowling in the first few overs. He puts the pressure on the bowler. Sachitra [Senanayake] is a very good offspinner. It is a very good bunch."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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