CPL 2013 news August 18, 2013

Sangakkara signs for Jamaica Tallawahs

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara is set to join the Jamaica Tallawahs for the final stretch of the Caribbean Premier League. The 35-year-old replaces Pakistan top-order batsman Ahmed Shehzad, who will join the Pakistan squad in Zimbabwe.

"I did not expect to be playing the CPL this year, but when Muralitharan telephoned and asked whether I might be interested in playing for the Jamaica Tallawahs, I jumped at the chance," Sangakkara said. "To play alongside Murali 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 is the fourth Sri Lanka player to join the CPL following the signings of Muttiah Muralitharan (Jamaica Tallawahs), Mahela Jayawardene (Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel) and Lasith Malinga (Guyana Amazon Warriors).

Jamaica are currently placed third in the points table and have booked a semi-final berth. Their match against T&T on Sunday will decide their semi-final opponent.

The other T20 franchises Sangakkara has played for are Deccan Chargers, Kings XI Punjab, Kandurata Maroons and Sunrisers Hyderabad. He was a part of the winning squad of Kandurata in the recent Sri Lanka Super Fours T20 Tournament.

He has 3481 runs in 138 T20 matches at an average of 28.53 and strike rate of 124.76, and has 20 fifties to his name.

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  • Dummy4 on August 20, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    not bad at all jamaica has some very good players

  • Jay on August 20, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    @Dr.Lakson: Well there is NO league that can even stand up to the shadow of the IPL, let alone the actual tournament itself. Everything is a copy of the IPL. Of course the BCCI won't allow Indians to play. I personally think that is not a good thing but umm, nobody can advise the world's most powerful cricket board otherwise.

  • Dummy4 on August 19, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    Play Sangakarra as a batsman and let Walton keep. Leave out Baugh and Tallawah will be in with a chance.

  • Dummy4 on August 19, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Good Opportunity for our Legend to show up again...

  • Robin on August 19, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    As Expected! So how the Sri Lankan players will get enough time to get used to the pink ball to play day and night tests where they all play T20 cricket all around the world!

  • o on August 19, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    @ Rajeshj " BCCI should release the tap to allow Indian players to participate in other t20 leagues it would be fun to watch some of them play in CPL and Big Bash league.. the carribean league has so far been fantastic.." Agree 100% Raj CPL has been fantastic and this is only the first season it's going to grow and get better I knew this would be the best competition for IPL as far as entertainment and atmosphere goes and more international players are going to want to join given location and shortish duration. BCCI should at very least if allow non team India players like Uthappa and others who are amazing players but not in India squads to compete in these competitions! If they're not going to allow national squad that is 1 thing but to ban all India players playing around the world is pathetic and disservice to cricket.

  • Rajesh on August 19, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    I don't understand why Indian players are not allowed to play in other t20 leagues.. looks a bit strange when they invite other country players to IPL.. without support from other country players, IPL is like deflated balloon.. it can't exist.. so, BCCI should release the tap to allow Indian players to participate in other t20 leagues.. it would be fun to watch some of them play in CPL and Big Bash league.. the carribean league has so far been fantastic..

  • Dummy4 on August 19, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    He is in best form these days. So, this is a good chance for him to play a big innings or two (if they are qualified for the final) in carribian. I think, because he played in Sri Lankan T20 until last week, it took this long someone from CPL to ask him to join them otherwise we would have seen him playing there much earlier. He is a fantastic and very honest player. I think many (more) from Carribian will respect him after this journey though we know many already respect him. All the best for my best current cricketer !

  • Dummy4 on August 19, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    Sanga is in imperious form..so might be a great addition although T20 is not his format

  • o on August 19, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    @Cbcml Mohammed said "not sure what England's story is but their best T20 players are all in the ashes team. No one else stands out from their county cricket yet." Complete rubbish Carberry is main man in English T20 has been for a minute and he's not in Ashes other players like Trego Butler Kiesweter Hales Napier Stokes Willey Arafat Azharullah all stand out they're on County duty however and unlikely to play anythng outside the window other than IPL and some counties like Notts have even banned players from playing IPL.

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