Kumar Sangakkara © Getty Images
Kumar Sangakkara © Getty Images

Melbourne: Sri Lankan batting great Kumar Sangakkara believes that the revival of the abandoned World Test Championship can address some of the problems facing the iconic longer format of the game. The 38-year-old, who called curtains on his glorious career after playing 134 Tests, conceded that there exist a significant gap between the haves and have nots of world cricket. Sangakkara, who is widely regarded as an astute thinker of the game, said that the real key was to have a balanced schedule of Test cricket where all the countries could get a good and fair opportunity to play the best cricket teams, News.com.au reported. ALSO READ: Angelo Mathews backs Kumar Sangakkara’s stance on Sri Lankan selectors

The Sri Lankan stalwarts’ comments came in the wake of the current plight of the once-formidable West Indies side at the international level. The left-hander suggested that the Test Championship, which was cancelled due to financial problems, could be considered as a solution. The championship was once intended to become a tournament for Test cricket with the play-offs scheduled between the top four ranked teams. ALSO READ: Mahela Jayawardene awarded lifetime membership to MCC

Sangakkara, who is currently playing in Australia’s Big Bash League, insisted that the Test championship would not only improve the iconic format overall but also assist the struggling nations by providing them with regular top-level Tests and an extra incentive to improve.

Meanwhile, Live Events, an entertainment company owned by Sri Lankan legends Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene , had organised Enrique Iglesias concert at Colombo on December 20, where local women shed their under garments, which created an outrage that included criticism from the President of the country, Maithripala Sirisena. The two Sri Lankan players, who are currently playing for the Big Bash League (BBL) Twenty20 (T20) tournament, admitted that the security was poor and apologised personally for the negative experience during the one-hour concert.  The cost of tickets ranged from 5,000 rupees to 50,000 rupees for the Enrique Iglesias concert called “Love and Sex.” 

(With inputs from CricketCountry Staff)