ICC World Twenty20: Unfit Tilakaratne Dilshan uncertain of playing
Sri Lanka's chairman Sanath Jayasuriya says if Tilakaratne Dilshan is eventually forced out due to finger injury, in-form Lahiru Thirimanne or Mahela Jayawardene will open the batting in ICC World Twenty20.
Sri Lanka may have to face the World T20 tournament without the services of Tilakaratne Dilshan as the veteran opening batsman is still recovering from his finger injury which he suffered during the one-day series in Bangladesh.
Chairman of selectors, Sanath Jayasuriya said Dilshan's finger injury had not fully healed. "He will be making the tour as a member of the squad", Jayasuriya said.
Asked how Sri Lanka would cope if Dilshan is eventually forced out, Jayasuriya said Lahiru Thirimanne, who scored a century in last week's Asia Cup final and the veteran batsman Mahela Jayawardene would be the fall back options.
Sri Lanka's T20 skipper Dinesh Chandimal said that Sri Lanka's recent extended time spent in Bangladesh would come in good stead in the T20.
"We know things like when the dew sets in so prior taste of the conditions in Bangladesh would be to our advantage", Chandimal said.
Sri Lanka spent extended time in Bangladesh since end January.
They played a two-Test series, a three-match ODI and T20 series before winning the Asia Cup.