Dilshan pulls out of CLT20 due to personal reasons

  • PTI, Raipur
  • Updated: Sep 14, 2014 03:04 IST

Veteran Sri Lankan batsman Tillekaratne Dilshan became the latest high-profile player to pull out of the 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 his 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 a 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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