Derbyshire swoop for Dilshan

Derbyshire swoop for Dilshan

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Dilshan has previously played county cricket for Surrey. Pic: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty

Derbyshire’s preparations for the 2015 campaign have been given a boost with the signing of Sri Lankan international all-rounder Tillakaratne Dilshan for two spells across the campaign.

The vastly experienced 38-year old, who made his international debut in 1999, will arrive at the 3aaa County Ground in place of Martin Guptill, and will be available for up to two LV County Championship matches and four Natwest T20 Blast encounters before jetting off to the Caribbean Premier League.

Dilshan will then come back to the Midlands in August and, with Sri Lanka not having any international fixtures, will be available to play in all competitions until the end of the season.

“Derbyshire are an ambitious club with an exciting young team,” said Dilshan, who previously had a stint with Surrey in 2014.

“I’m looking forward to joining them in the T20 Blast and then returning to help them finish the season strongly.

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

Derbyshire Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch said the signing was “a real coup”.

“It demonstrates our growing reputation within the game. Dilshan is a proven match-winner who has shown this time and time again on the world stage.

“His record speaks for itself and he brings a wealth of experience across all formats and to the dressing room. He is also committed to helping our younger lads during his stay.”

Dilshan is currently part of Sri Lanka’s World Cup squad as they look to gain the ODI title in New Zealand and Australia.

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