Kumar Sangakkara to play in final stages of Caribbean Premier league

Kumar Sangakkara will be replacing Pakistan cricketer Ahmed Shezhad © AFP

Aug 19, 2013

Sri Lanka veteran Kumar Sangakkara will join Jamaica Tallawahs for the final stage of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) first edition. He will be replacing Ahmed Shezhad, who will be joining Pakistan squad for the tour of Zimbabwe.

“I did not expect to be playing the CPL this year, but when Murali telephoned and asked whether I might be interested in playing for the Jamaica Tallawahs I jumped at the chance,” Sangakkara was quoted as saying by www.stabroeknews.com.

The 36-year-old has become the fourth Sri Lankan cricketer to play in the CPL. The other three are Muttiah Muralitharan (Jamaica Tallawahs), Mahela Jayawardene (Trinidad and Tobago Red STell) and Lasith Malinga (Guyana Amazon Warriors).

“To play alongside Murali [Muttiah Muralitharan] again will, of course, be a great privilege and it will also be very exciting to bat with Chris [Gayle] rather than being his opponent.”

“The Tallawahs have had a great season thus far and I hope I can make a positive contribution as we seek to win the inaugural tournament.”

Sangakkara has played for three franchises in the Indian Premier League — Deccan Chargers, Kings XI Punjab and Sun Risers Hyderabad.

The former Sri Lankan captain has played total of 117 Tests, 354 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and 45 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) till now. He led the country to the final of ICC World T20 in England in 2009. They lost in the final at Lord’s.

The semi-finals of CPL will be held in Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday and Friday and the final will be held on Saturday.