The Twenty20 games in southern Hambantota today and Sunday are a prelude to the fourth edition of the world event that will be played in Sri Lanka in September-October.
The absence of Pakistani players from the Indian Premier League (IPL) could give Sri Lanka the initial advantage at the start of the tour that also includes five one-day internationals and three Test matches.
Several Sri Lankan stars played in the cash-rich Twenty20 event in India that ended last Sunday.
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