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Sangakkara has scored close to 12,000 Test runs in 128 matches at an average of 58.76 © Getty Images

Dec 8, 2014

Sri Lanka wicket-keeper batsman Kumar Sangakkara could sign up for Surrey in the upcoming days, which could be the end of the road for England Batsman Kevin Pietersen. Pietersen, has been excluded from all formats following a rift with the board. He is however hopeful to sign a new deal with the county side at the beginning of next season.

With a substantial fee being paid for Sangakkara’s services, there isn’t any budget to fit Pietersen into the team. Pietersen’s contract expired last August, making him a free agent. Since then, he has played in T20 tournaments in India, West Indies and is set to play for Melbourne Starts in the Big Bash in Australia. Sangakkara has already played for Warwickshire and Durham and plans to retire after the ICC World cup 2015, but he is being persuaded by the board to continue playing Tests, The Sun reports.

Sangakkara has scored close to 12,000 Test runs in 128 matches at an average of 58.76 and 13,050 runs in One-day Internationals (ODI) at an average of 40.15.