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.