Tillakaratne Dilshan decides to give CLT20 a miss

Dilshan, who was supposed to play for Southern Express, has pulled out from CLT20 due to family commitments.

By: Press Trust of India | Raipur | Published: September 11, 2014 10:24 pm

Veteran Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan became the latest high-profile player to pull-out of the upcoming Champions League T20, where he was supposed to play for Sri Lankan side Southern Express.

According to an ESPNCricinfo report, Dilshan has pulled out due to family commitments. The Lankan T20 outfit are now without two of their primary players as Lasith Malinga has opted to play for Mumbai Indians instead of home franchise.

“Not having Malinga is a bit of a blow for us as he was a part of the team in Colombo,” Southern Express manager Shane Fernando was quoted as saying by the website.

“As far as Dilshan is concerned he didn’t attend the practice and played games. Obviously he is big player and a great batsman. But we have a good balanced side and are looking to do well in the championship.”

Dilshan became the third high-profile player to pull-out after Rohit Sharma and Morne Morkel were forced to opt out because of injuries.

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