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Surrey complete Dil swoop

Surrey have announced the signing of Sri Lanka batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan.

The 37-year-old replaces Hashim Amla as Surrey’s overseas signing and is available to play in all competitions until the middle of August.

It will be Dilshan’s first campaign in English domestic cricket and his Surrey debut is slated for the next Friday’s NatWest T20 Blast encounter against Hampshire, which is immediately followed by an LV= County Championship meeting between the two sides.

Following Surrey’s T20 Blast game versus Kent on July 2, Dilshan will leave for a fortnight to take part in his country’s limited-overs series against South Africa.

From July 16, Dilshan is free to play a full part across all formats until August 18.

Surrey can look forward to some dazzling strokeplay from Tillakaratne Dilshan, who will be at the Kia Oval until mid-August

The Kia Oval has previously proved a happy hunting ground for Dilshan, whose 96 not out during the 2009 World Twenty20 remains the highest international score made at the London venue.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to play for Surrey CCC,” he said. “They are one of the most historic clubs in the world and I very much hope to make a big impact whilst there. I’ve enjoyed playing at the Kia Oval in the past and look forward to returning there with Surrey.”

Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart added: “With the very crowded international fixture list, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to sign a high class overseas cricketer to play in England. Therefore, we are very pleased to have been able to secure the services of a player of the calibre of Dilshan.

“There is a great deal of limited overs cricket to be played in July and August and it is a big boost to be able to draw on someone with his huge experience and skills.”

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