Sangakkara looks to key men
Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara believes his side's experienced stars need to deliver if they are to lift the T20 World Cup.
Last Updated: 28/05/09 10:33am
Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara believes his side's experienced stars need to deliver if they are to lift the T20 World Cup in England.
Sri Lanka have named a team mixed with youth and experience - however Sangakkara, who has taken over the captaincy from Mahela Jayawardene, knows the older heads need to perform.
And Sangakkara is looking at Jayawardene, explosive batsman Sanath Jayasuriya and off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan to lead from the front.
"It is the established players who will have to do the bulk of the work," Sangakkara said.
"Everyone in the team should do his part and know his responsibility and if they play to potential there is no reason why we cannot win this tournament.
"Our first task is the two group games against the West Indies and Australia and we have to concentrate on them and move forward."
Player commitments with the IPL have meant that the Sri Lankan squad arrives in England having been unable to practice together as a team.
However coach Trevor Bayliss insists that the team will be able to gel together in time ahead of the tournament.
"We haven't had one session with all the players, but it's the same with every other team," Bayliss said.
"We have been practising with the players who didn't go to the IPL and I don't think it's going to be a distraction for us anyway.
"We are going to be in England for almost two weeks and we've got two practice games during that time.
"There's no better practice like match practice and our leading players have been involved in the IPL.
"So there's no issue and it won't be difficult to get back into the fold."