Kumar Sangakkara    Getty Images
Kumar Sangakkara Getty Images

Former Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara is expected to deliver the Jagmohan Dalmiya Memorial Lecture prior to the India-Sri Lanka Test at the Eden Gardens here in November, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Sourav Ganguly said on Friday. “We thought it would be befitting to invite Sangakkara since it’s India vs Sri Lanka,” Ganguly said here.

The CAB had planned to stage the lecture ahead of last year’s India-New Zealand series in September-October but the BCCI special general meeting, which kept all the state associations, busy poured cold water on the programme. It was later postponed to January 21, on the eve of the third and final India-England ODI, but could not see the light of the day.

Last year, the speech was delivered by the then Indian team coach Anil Kumble. In 2011, Sangakkara had delivered the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture and drew immense accolades for the same. Sanga retired from international cricket in 2015. He was one of the stars of the 2015 World Cup, where he became the only cricketer to slam four-consecutive ODI hundreds. He has been active in county cricket, scoring runs at will for Surrey. This year he slammed 5 consecutive centuries for the county. He recently led Jamaica Tallawahs to the playoffs in the Caribbean Premier League 2017.

(Inputs from IANS)