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Sri Lanka‘s batting legend Kumar Sangakkara recently posted on his Facebook official page about him not harbouring any ambitions for a political office. Sangakkara’s comments came amid a media frenzy touting him to join the fray for the next presidential elections in Sri Lanka scheduled to be held in 2020. Speculations and comparisons have also been making rounds considering Imran Khan, a former cricketing great is set to be sworn in as Pakistan’s prime minister on Saturday.

“I have, by what I hear and read, been touted as a suitable candidate by some while that others have questioned my credibility and character. While respectfully appreciating the varying diverse opinions made public, I would like to put to rest speculation and rumour once and for all, confirming that I do not harbour any ambitions for political office. I never have, and, with enormous certainty, I can say I never will,” Sangakkara wrote.

Sri Lanka’s ruling coalition as well as the main opposition are yet to name their candidates for next year’s presidential election. Several cricket legends in the country have successfully switched to politics. Sri Lanka’s World Cup winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga is a minister in the current government, while former skipper Sanath Jayasuriya served as a deputy minister after he retired from the international game.

Sangakkara quit Test cricket in August 2015 after aggregating 12,400 runs from 134 matches with 11 double centuries. The former skipper, considered one of the all-time greats, steered his side to the final of the 2011 World Cup before losing to India.

With Inputs from AFP