No host team has won the ICC World Twenty20 men's event thus far, but Sri Lanka, led by Mahela Jayawardene, yet again will be aiming to change that.
Jayawardene led Sri Lanka in the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in 2007. This time around he returns with a younger, much more inexperienced squad at his command.
His deputy Angelo Mathews is among the best finishers in the game today. Also Thisara Perera with the new ball is a handful. Of course then there is Lasith Malinga, arguably the world's best bowler in death overs.
One major concern for the side is the fitness of Kumar Sangakkara who has been laid low by an injury. Sangakkara's presence is crucial to ensure that Sri Lanka does one better than its previous best at ICC World Twenty20 in 2009 when it finished runner-up to Pakistan.