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Kumar Sangakkara Ex-Sri Lanka captain to retire from first-class cricket

Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara says he will retire from first-class cricket after this season.

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Kumar Sangakkara Ex-Sri Lanka captain to retire from first-class cricket

Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara says he will retire from first-class cricket after this season.

The 39-year-old Surrey batsman, who quit Test cricket in 2015, is fifth in the list of all-time Test run scorers.

“It’s the last time I’ll play a four-day game here (at loards.) I’ll be 40 in a few months, this is about the end of my time in county cricket.”

Sangakkara has contracts to honor in Twenty 20 competitions taking him into 2018, but added: “My career might have a few more months   but that’s about it.”

He averaged more than 57 runs across 134 Tests, making 11 double centuries in that time, and joined Surrey for the 2015 season.

He scored more than 1,000 first-class runs last season but, despite hitting two centuries against Middlesex over the weekend, Sangakkara believes September is the right time to end his career in the longer format.

He scored more than 1,000 first-class runs last season but, despite hitting two centuries against Middlesex over the weekend, Sangakkara believes September is the right time to end his career in the longer format.

“Cricketers, or any sort of sportsperson, have an expiry date and you need to walk away and I have been very lucky to play for as long as I did so but there’s a lot more life to be lived away from the game.”

Few players will have signed off their last first-class match at Lord’s in as much style as Sangakkara.

It was a great privilege and an honour. I think the artist has made me look better than I actually am,” he joked.

“I sat here in my last Test at Lord’s for Sri Lanka thinking ‘I hope I get a hundred, but wouldn’t it be funny if I get out for a duck’.

“You never think of scoring a hundred. You think ‘I want to get a hundred’, but then you just try and do your processes, you try and get through tough periods, and bat as the game develops.”I wasn’t aware I’d reached 20,000 first-class runs – I only really know how many Test and One-Day International runs I’ve scored – but it was really nice to find out that I passed that milestone.

“I’ve got a couple of contracts I have to honour this year and one at the start of the next year,” he said. “No-one wants an old dog just playing for the sake of playing.

“I think it’s a good thing that all these Twenty20 competitions push you to perform. That’s the incentive because otherwise, if you’re going to be a part of a side just to be the benchmark name, that’s a bit disappointing. ”

But after more than 19 years of playing the professional game, the opportunity to watch the great batsman play his trademark cover drive is coming to an end.


සැප්තැම්බරයේ අවසන් වන මෙවර එංගලන්ත ප්‍රාන්ත ක්‍රිකට් තරගාවලියෙන් පසු තමා පළමු පෙළ ක්‍රිකට් තරඟවලින් ද සමු ගන්නා බව ශ්‍රී ලංකා පිළේ හිටපු නායක කුමාර් සංගක්කාර පවසනවා.

39 හැවිරිදි සංගක්කාර මේ වන විට එංගලන්ත ප්‍රාන්ත ක්‍රිකට් තරගාවලියේදී සරේ පිළ වෙනුවෙන් ක්‍රීඩා කරන අතර, මිඞ්ල්සෙක්ස් පිළ සමඟ පැවැති අවසන් තරඟයේදී ද ශතකයක් රැස් කිරීමට සමත් වුණා.

සංගක්කාර මේ වන විට රැස් කරගෙන ඇති පළමු පෙළ ලකුණු සංඛ්‍යාව 20,012ක්.

ඊට අමතරව ඔහු ටෙස්ට් තරඟ 134කදී ශතක 38ක් සමඟ ලකුණු 12,400ක් රැස්කරගෙන තිබෙනවා.

එක්දින තරඟ 404කදී සංගක්කාර ශතක 25ක් සමඟ රැස් කළ ලකුණු සංඛ්‍යාව 14,234ක්.

ජගත් ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩාව උදෙසා සිදුකළ මෙහෙවර වෙනුවෙන් සංගක්කාරගේ සේයාරුවක් ලන්ඩයේ ලෝඩ්ස් ක්‍රීඩාගාරයේ පසුගිය දා නිරාවරණය කෙරුණා.


Conversation with BBC Sport reporter Kalika Mehta
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