Dilshan to stay a little longer: Vettori

Tillakaratne Dilshan was scheduled to join the Srilankan squad on May 18 AFP

Jaipur: May 11, 2011

Newly appointed Sri Lankan skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan, who was reportedly considering leaving the Indian Premier League today to join the England-bound national team, will play in Royal Challenger Bangalore’s match against Rajasthan Royals here today.

Dilshan was reportedly keen to travel to England early to be there before the first tour game on May 14 to create a bond with the team as some of the senior players are joining late, but RCB captain Daniel Vettori said the Sri Lankan opener would take the field today against Rajasthan Royals.

“I thought he is leaving before this match (for the Sri Lanka’s tour of England later this month) but he would be available for today’s match so any question of replacing him does not arise,” Vettori said.

Sri Lanka Cricket last month allowed seven players from the 16-member squad to arrive in England before May 19, the day their second warm-up game, against England Lions, starts.

Sri Lanka Cricket had earlier asked the players to return on May 5 in order to prepare for the England tour but after talks between the BCCI and SLC it was agreed that they can leave IPL by May 18.