Kumar Sangakkara signs for Durham ahead of Sri Lanka’s tour to England
With Sri Lanka scheduled to play England ahead, Sangakkara looks for form with two matches for Durham.
Kumar Sangakkara started his county career with Warwickshire against Durham © AFP
London: Apr 29, 2014
Kumar Sangakkara will warm up for Sri Lanka’s forthcoming tour of England by appearing in the next two rounds of County Championship matches for title-holders Durham. One of the outstanding batsmen of his generation and ninth on the list of all-time leading Test run-scorers with 11,151 at an average of nearly 59, Sangakkara is set to play for Durham in their four-day games with Yorkshire and Sussex in May.
“I’m really looking forward to returning to county cricket with Durham and I’m immensely grateful for the opportunity”, Sangakkara said in a statement. “I actually made my debut for Warwickshire against Durham back in 2007 — I scored a few runs that day so I’m hoping to make amends this time around.”
Durham coach Jon Lewis added: “I said that if we could pull off this signing it would be a big bonus and it is. “To attract a player of Kumar Sangakkara’s quality to Durham is fantastic, and I’ve been really impressed by his eagerness to join us. In his short stay, I’m sure he’ll be a big asset — not just with his performances, but with the example he will show our crop of fine young cricketers.”
World Twenty20 champions Sri Lanka play England in a lone Twenty20 international at The Oval on May 20 before facing their hosts in a five-match one-day international series and two Tests, at Lord’s and Headingley, in June.