Jayawardene said Sri Lanka were in good shape after three weeks of intensive training and looking forward with confidence to the 12-team mini-World Cup.
He told reporters: ''In the last few months our guys had a deep hunger to win matches and that was a crucial reason why we have enjoyed some success recently.'' Sri Lanka, who thrashed England 5-0 away three months ago, are boosted by the return of ex-captain Marvan Atapattu who had back surgery in May.
Jayawardene said: ''He has been doing every fielding drill that the other guys have been doing and has had no ill-effect.'' His team starts the four-week tournament with a qualifying match next Saturday against Bangladesh who surprisingly beat the Lankans in a One-dayer in February though lost the series 2-1.