Kumar Sangakkara averages more than 58 in Test cricket © Getty Images
Kumar Sangakkara averages more than 58 in Test cricket © Getty Images

Kumar Sangakkara revealed in a press conference that he will stick by his decision to retire following the second Test match against India later in the year. “I will call it quits after the second Test match against India,” said Sangakkara in the press conference following Day three of the second Test against Pakistan.

Sangakkara said, “I had originally planned to retire after the World Cup but I agreed to extend for a year. I wish I could keep on playing, but I think this is my time to go. I’ve had the time of my life playing for Sri Lanka and I enjoyed playing all formats of the game, I had the time of my life. I’ve had regrets, bad times and all of that but overall it has been a great experience. ALSO READ: Kumar Sangakkara looks to build on prolific Test record during Pakistan series ahead of retirement

Asked weather he would reconsider the decision to retire, he said, “The dates have been postponed once and i hope it won’t be postponed again (laughs).”  Sangakkara who was brought up in Candy said, “I would love to be able to choose where i end, Candy is my hometown, I would like to finish there, but I’ve had so many things in my career that I can’t ask for everything.”

Asked about the future of Sri Lankan cricket Sangakkara sounded positive and asked public to be patient with the team in its phase of transformation. He said, “Angelo Mathews is the ideal man to lead the future of Sri Lankan cricket. There are a bunch of young talents and in a year from here, they’ll come a long way.”