Kumar Sangakkara believes Kevin Pietersen has “much to offer” to England’s national side

After Michael Clarke, another legend of the game, Kumar Sangakkara backed England cricket Kevin Pietersen and said he should be brought back to the England side in some way or the other because he still has “so much to offer”.

The 37-year-old southpaw sculpted his marvelous farewell from One-Day International (ODI) cricket by becoming the first man the history of ODI to register four consecutive centuries in the recent World Cup campaign. Sangakkara, who struck a brilliant hundred in his debut for Surrey against Glamorgan at Cardiff, is a now a teammate of Pietersen in the English County club.

Sangakkara was honored for his exceptional contribution to cricket in the Asian Awards which took place in London on Friday night. Later, he admired the outlawed Pietersen for making his comeback to county cricket in an endeavor to gain his Test spot back.

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“Kevin is a wonderful player and it is unfortunate that both him and the England management have not seen eye to eye in the past,” Sangakkara said as quoted by The Guardian. “But I think Kevin has shown a lot of courage by committing to a full county season to try and make a comeback and I think England will be much the better and much the richer for Kevin being a part of the English side going forward.

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“For a player of Kevin’s ability not to play international cricket for his country is a shame but also looking at the England side, I think he has so much to offer them,” he added. “I think the way forward is to come to an agreement that allows Kevin to have a very fruitful few years playing for England and they will reap the benefits of him playing,” he concluded after the Asian Awards.