Island Cricket

Monday, November 19, 2007

Dilshan named as skipper

Tillakaratne Dilshan has been appointed captain of the Sri Lanka Cricket Board President's XI for the three-day game against England.

The 31-year-old middle-order batsman is hoping to use the match, which gets under way at Colombo Cricket Club Ground on Tuesday, to persuade the selectors to hand him a recall for the three-Test series against the English next month.

He said: "I am delighted to be named captain in this game as it gives me a good opportunity to get back into the Test side.

"I have been playing the domestic limited-over games and have got off to a good start. I am determined to continue that in the first three-day game.

"England are a very good side and will be very tough opponents.

"The team comprises some experienced players who are on the fringe and this is a good opportunity to display their talent and ability."

Sri Lanka Cricket Board President's XI: Upul Tharanga, Dilruwan Perera, Malinda Warnapura, Tillakaratne Dilshan (capt), Chamara Kapugedara, Thilana Kandamby, Kaushal Silva (wk), Dhammika Prasad, Malinga Bandara, Rangana Herath, Nuwan Kulasekera.

Courtesy ECB

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