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Dilshan to join Guyana Amazon Warriors

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August 20, 2013

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Tillakaratne Dilshan and Thisara Perera celebrate a consolation win over South Africa, Sri Lanka v South Africa, 3rd T20, Hambantota, August 6, 2013
Tillakaratne Dilshan is expected to reach the Caribbean in time for Guyana's semi-final against T&T © Associated Press
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Tillakaratne Dilshan has become the fifth Sri Lanka player to sign up with the inaugural Caribbean Premier League. He will join Guyana Amazon Warriors as a replacement for the injured New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill, who broke a bone in his right hand in the match against Antigua Hawksbills on August 17.

Dilshan will join his Sri Lanka team-mate Lasith Malinga, who is also with Guyana. The other Sri Lanka players in the CPL are Muttiah Muralitharan and Kumar Sangakkara (Jamaica Tallawahs) and Mahela Jayawardene (Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel).

Guyana coach Roger Harper said: "While it is sad to lose a player of Martin Guptill's ability at this stage of the tournament, we are delighted to have secured a top-quality replacement in Tillakaratne Dilshan.

"He offers so much to any side he plays for, as an attacking batsman, a useful bowler and also someone who is outstanding in the field. We look forward to him linking up with us ahead of Thursday's semi-final and his big-match experience will be a great asset to us."

Guyana topped the points table after the league stage and will meet Trinidad & Tobago in the first semi-final in Port -of-Spain on August 22.

Dilshan has had some practice in the Twenty20 format of late, with two international games against South Africa followed by three in the Sri Lankan domestic Super 4's tournament.

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Posted by Impostor on (August 22, 2013, 12:45 GMT)

@Gunnie: I was joking with respect to playing the injured Guptill, but I am dead serious about Sarwan's captaincy. It is painful for me to watch Sarwan at the crease these few years. At best, he is scratchy. Opposition "lick their chops" when they see him come out. All I see, when I look at him is uncertainty. Personally, I think he is finished. He has had many chances to redeem himself and has failed every time. It is time for him to move on and retire while things are not so bad. We cannot afford to hire a captain, based on experience alone. He must also contribute with bat, ball and fielding, non of which Sarwan does. This is one of many problems that face Caribbean cricket. The people calling the shots do not have the skills to recognize the "true" talents in the Caribbean. Santokie has shown, time and time again that he can put the ball where he wants it, yet he is never considered. They prefer to pick the erratic ones, like Tino Best, Gabriel, Pascal ... go figure!

Posted by A-Gunnie on (August 21, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

@ Imposter,I think there is a cap on foreign players,however I see your point regarding Sarwan batting but it could be worst if not for Sarwan's leadership.....look at TT with what Bravo is doing over there.

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (August 21, 2013, 15:23 GMT)

wish u gud luck dil.hope u can change the game

Posted by Impostor on (August 21, 2013, 14:56 GMT)

Dilshan has been struggling to get runs recently. On the other hand, Guptill is in excellent form at the moment. I think that this move represents a "down-grade" for the Warriors. However, Dilshan is the type of player who can suddenly, in a single game erupt out of the rut. Maybe, we should play both Dilshan and the injured Guptill, instead of that useless captain.

Posted by A-Gunnie on (August 21, 2013, 14:49 GMT)

The timing couldn't be more worst for the Warriors.....but cricket is a "funny " game and especially in T20,we can only guess how this replacement is going to play out.

Posted by StevieS on (August 21, 2013, 8:45 GMT)

Oh and before anyone pipes up about how Dilshan is a good replacement then just compare there 20/20 stats. Don't get me wrong, Dilshan is a good player but not as good a batsman as Guptil in this form.

Posted by StevieS on (August 21, 2013, 8:42 GMT)

This is a hugh loss for Guyana, half the reason they are favourites to win the comp was the opening partnership between him and Simmons. This is going to make their batting line up even more brittle.

Posted by   on (August 21, 2013, 1:11 GMT)

Wow! That's great. Sad to hear about Martin's injury, he's a great cricketer. Hafeez and he surely will be missed by the Warriors. Welcome to the fam Dilshad and Malinga.

Posted by   on (August 20, 2013, 18:55 GMT)

I am a big fan of dil scoops .he did well in ipl 1 but since then he has been a flop in every ipl season. his team delhi was bottom of table last year.he himself spent most of ipl on bench.hope he can regain some form before ipl auction.

Posted by ashangamage on (August 20, 2013, 18:31 GMT)

wow now this is going to be more interesting

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