Published: 16th January, 2015
Surrey CCC are happy to confirm the signing of Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara for the 2015 and 2016 domestic seasons.
Sangakkara, 37, will be available for the club for a significant portion of the campaign although exact dates will not be confirmed for another month. He has signed a two year deal, which will see the batsman playing for Surrey until the end of the 2016 season.
The Sri Lankan is currently recognised as the world’s number one Test batsman and recently hit his 11th Test Match double century to leave him just one behind the world record held by great Australian Sir Don Bradman.
As well as his 12,203 Test runs, the fifth highest ever, Sangakkara also has 13,414 runs in One Day Internationals, the fourth highest in that format. In first-class cricket he averages 51.37 runs every time he comes to the crease.
Alec Stewart, Surrey CCC Director of Cricket, said: “We’re delighted that Kumar has agreed to join us. He is the number one Test batsman in the world but it’s the special character that he has which is as important to us.
“He is a five-star player and five-star person and that is important because he will be working with our young homegrown players as they become serious cricketers at this level. He has worked a lot with our coach Graham Ford, when he was in charge of Sri Lanka, and we are both very happy to reach this stage.”