Tillakaratne Dilshan to Make County Debut With Surrey

Tillakaratne Dilshan, who only plays limited-overs cricket for Sri Lanka, is replacing South African batsman Hashim Amla.

Updated: June 23, 2014 23:35 IST
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Pushing 38, Tillakaratne Dilshan will make his County debut for Surrey. This is the first time the Sri Lankan hard-hitter will play English domestic cricket. Dilshan will be a replacement for Hashim Amla.

Dilshan, who only plays limited-overs cricket for Sri Lanka, is likely to play his first County game against Hampshire on June 28 and play in the NatWest T20 Blast match against Kent on July 2 before returning to Sri Lanka for the one-day series against South Africa. He will then return to Surrey until late August when Sri Lanka host an ODI series against Pakistan, according to a report in ESPNCricinfo.

"It's a fantastic opportunity for me to play for Surrey," Dilshan said. "They are one of the most historic clubs in the world and I very much hope to make a big impact whilst there. I've enjoyed playing at The Oval in the past and look forward to returning there with Surrey."

Alec Stewart, Surrey's director of cricket, said: "With the very crowded international fixture list, it's becoming increasingly difficult to sign a high class overseas cricketer to play in England.

"Therefore, we are very pleased to have been able to secure the services of a player of the calibre of Dilshan. There is a great deal of limited-overs cricket to be played in July and August and it is a big boost to be able to draw on someone with his huge experience and skills."

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