Monday 18 April 2011 

Dilshan Named Sri Lanka Captain For England Tour

Dilshan Named Sri Lanka Captain For England Tour
Dilshan Named Sri Lanka Captain For England Tour
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All-rounder Tillakaratne Dilshan has been named the Sri Lankan captain in all three formats of the game for his country's upcoming tour of England.

He replaces Kumar Sangakkara, who stepped down following the World Cup, and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) confirmed that as yet no decision on a vice-captain had been made.

"The National Selectors have postponed the appointment of a vice-captain, since the prospective candidates are nursing injuries, and their availability for the forthcoming tour is still in question."

All-rounder Angelo Mathews has been forced to miss the Indian Premier League due to injury and is likely to be one of the candidates to replace Mahela Jayawardene as vice-captain, at least for the tour of England, which gets underway in late May.

Sri Lanka, who bet365 make 5/1 to win the ICC World Twenty20 in 2012, play three Tests, a Twenty20 International and then five One-Day Internationals.

Dilshan has captained his country in two Twenty20 Internationals and five ODIs, most recently in the ODI tri-series in Zimbabwe in August 2010 - a tournament Sri Lanka won.

His captaincy record at international level shows three wins from those seven matches.

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