Sri Lanka’s Sangakkara signs for Durham

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LONDON, April 28, 2014 (AFP) – Kumar Sangakkara will warm-up for Sri Lanka’s forthcoming tour of England by appearing in the next two rounds of County Championship matches for title-holders Durham. One of the outstanding batsmen of his generation and ninth on the list of all-time leading Test run-scorers with 11,151 at an average of nearly 59, Sangakkara is set to play for Durham in their four-day games with Yorkshire and Sussex next month.

“I’m really looking forward to returning to county cricket with Durham and I’m immensely grateful for the opportunity”,” Sangakkara said in a statement.

“I actually made my debut for Warwickshire against Durham back in 2007 — I scored a few runs that day so I’m hoping to make amends this time around.”

Durham coach Jon Lewis added: “I said that if we could pull off this signing it would be a big bonus and it is.

“To attract a player of Kumar Sangakkara’s quality to Durham is fantastic, and I’ve been really impressed by his eagerness to join us.” “In his short stay, I’m sure he’ll be a big asset — not just with his performances, but with the example he will show our crop of fine young cricketers.”

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