COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lankan cricketers currently playing in the Indian Premier League will return home early to prepare for the upcoming England tour, new skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan said Wednesday. Dilshan is among 11 players who have been asked by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to return home by May 5, more than three weeks before the lucrative Twenty20 tournament ends. "Personally, I am not unhappy to return early," Dilshan told reporters. "Playing for my country is more important than playing for IPL. I think everybody selected for England tour will be happy to come early." The Board of Control for Cricket India (BCCI) had earlier written to SLC asking them to allow their cricketers to stay on till May 15.