Colombo, Aug 14: Sri Lanka opener, Tillakaratne Dilshan who is associated with the IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore has defended his franchise, following payment issues, as he said he is confident of getting his dues in the near future.
"We got a little bit of money last week. We spoke to the management and I think they are going to sort this matter out as soon as possible."
Though he is awaiting his payment, Dilshan was quick to defend his franchise as he said the owners will definitely clear all the dues.
"Some payment is still due but I am not worried about that. I know the owners are going to clear the dues and pay us within next month. I know they will pay us our money."
When asked him if he had plans of changing his IPL team, and open to offers from other teams, due to the impending dues, Dilshan said he was not thinking about any other team and will be playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
"Not really. There is no such move in my mind." The first edition of the SLPL kickstarted on August 10 and Dilshan said that one could not compare an established brand like IPL with the island nation's domestic league.
Dilshan who is participating in the inaugural edition of Sri Lanka Premier League, said though its not similar to Indian Premier League, as it is not very famous. But he also said that after T20 World Cup, this league has drawn a lot of attention.
"I think we can't compare IPL with the SLPL. IPL is a big thing if you look at any other domestic T20 cricket in other country. I think after the Twenty20 World Cup, this is the biggest league which attracts quality international players.
He also added that the league is going to help the local players as everyone doesn't get to play in the IPL.
"The SLPL is good for local players who could not play in IPL for some reasons. It will help them gain international experience. This is a good set-up for Sri Lankan cricket," he said.
Moreover, he also said that since the inaugural edition is happening before the T20 World Cup, it will help them prepare better for the T20 World Cup that starts in September.
"The SLPL will help them prepare for the World Cup. We are holding matches at Pallekele Stadium, Kandy and R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
"These venues will be used for the World Cup. The league will help some of our players to come back to form before the start of the World Cup. This is like get ready and be 100 per cent fit for the event."