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Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan has been signed by New Zealand's Northern Districts for the domestic Twenty20 competition for the 2009-10 season. This will be a big boost for the domestic team that failed to a win a single game in the State Twenty20 last year.
Dilshan was the highest run-getter in the recently concluded ICC World Twenty20, scoring 382 runs in seven matches.
Northern Districts Cricket CEO, David Cooper, was excited at the prospect of having Dilshan in the state side. "TM Dilshan is arguably the best Twenty20 batsman going in world cricket at the moment," Cooper said. "It is a significant move for us to sign him and have him coming out to New Zealand. We believe that his presence will assist our team and our players in much the same way Andrew Strauss did in early 2008. I have no doubt New Zealand crowds will enjoy watching him too."
"Tillakaratne is delighted to be joining the Northern Knights," Dilshan's manager, Roshan Abeysinghe said. New Zealand national players Daniel Vettori, Tim Southee, Daniel Flynn and Peter McGlashan also represent Northern Districts.