Sri Lanka desperate to add Twenty20 to collection

April 25, 2010 (AFP) – Sri Lanka, world champions in the 50-over format in 1996, are desperate to add the Twenty20 title to their collection in the Caribbean after a series of near-misses. Captain Kumar Sangakkara’s men lost the World T20 championship by eight wickets to Pakistan at Lords last year.

Two years earlier, the Sri Lankans lost to Australia in the final of the World Cup while the same opponents went on to deny them a semi-final place in the inaugural World Twenty20 later in 2007.

“Our focus is to bring the cup home this time after we lost to Pakistan last year. A Twenty20 World Cup will be good for our collection,” team manager Anura Tennakoon told AFP.

Sri Lanka have gone for a blend of youth and experience for the Caribbean World Twenty20 that runs from April 30 to May 16.

The squad boasts one of the most lethal bowling attacks on the international scene, from the pace of Lasith Malinga to the spin of Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis.

The tropical Indian Ocean Island will also look to Tillakaratne Dilshan to reproduce his starring role of 2009 when he captured the Player of the Tournament award.

Sangakkara says the team is in a transition