CPL 2013 news August 18, 2013

Sangakkara signs for Jamaica Tallawahs

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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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  • on August 20, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    not bad at all jamaica has some very good players

  • Cpt.Meanster 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.

  • 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.

  • on August 19, 2013, 10:11 GMT

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

  • RobinMama 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!

  • BRUTALANALYST 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.

  • Rajeshj 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..

  • 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 !

  • on August 19, 2013, 6:24 GMT

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

  • BRUTALANALYST 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.

  • on August 20, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    not bad at all jamaica has some very good players

  • Cpt.Meanster 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.

  • 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.

  • on August 19, 2013, 10:11 GMT

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

  • RobinMama 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!

  • BRUTALANALYST 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.

  • Rajeshj 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..

  • 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 !

  • on August 19, 2013, 6:24 GMT

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

  • BRUTALANALYST 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.

  • Surajdon9 on August 19, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    Murali's Bowling and sanga's keeping.great to watch again..

  • on August 19, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    I would love if V. Kholi joint the Tallawah. Gayle, Sanga, Kholi , Muri......would be unstoppable!

  • on August 19, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    This is a rare opportunity to play together with Murali & Gayle. All the very best, Sanga

  • on August 18, 2013, 22:28 GMT

    @Sidhara Shaun Marsh, Steve Smith and Luke Pomersbach were originally selected but then called to ashes and Aus A. Also BCCI said they don't want any of their IPL players playing in other leagues such as BBL CPL SPL Etc. 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.

  • on August 18, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    I welcome all international cricketers to the Caribbean.

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 18, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    @Sidra many Aussies were initially down to play like Shaun Marsh and Steve Smith Pomsbach and few others but they all had to withdraw maybe cos of Ashes and Australia A. The BCCI doesn't allow Indian players to play outside of IPL or India sadly (they should really change this) would of liked to see McCullum out there for sure maybe he will next yr Guptill Taylor and Franklin are having a good time out there. Sanga is class though and is a good signing will be great to see him open with Gayle.

  • Lalindra2012 on August 18, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    i predicted this when Mahela was signed in .........

  • on August 18, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    WI youngsters would be inspired by such great player. Caribbean folks love to watch him play where ever or whoever he plays for. He will strength the batting line up of the Jamaican team which seems a little weak.

  • on August 18, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    Jamaica side will be much more stable now. They have an even greater chance of winning the competition.

  • on August 18, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    What a thing this CPL is turning out to be living legends on and off the field. Proud is partially descriptive as to how I feel as a West Indian and Trini. I must commend the organizers, the teams, the sponsors, the supporters and the Region as a whole. We can become a huge influence on World cricket again. Happy to see young Pooran, Holder, Mayers in action some of these youngs will be picked up.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on August 18, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    Sanga is not T2O material.he is not good 4 CPL.he can't hit 6's and only can take singles.Perera and Mathews r better options than him.

  • on August 18, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    A Reason to watch CPL... super

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on August 18, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    he is not suitable to play T20 cricket.he is Good Test and ODI cricketer.Perera and Mathews is more better option than him.he can't play 6's.instead he is good at get singles and rotating strikes

  • Surajdon9 on August 18, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    Can anybody tell me whether Sanga will play tonight game against T&T?

  • on August 18, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    i think the matter of signing English or Aussies is more a financial one. Indians stars certainly demand much more than an inaugural tournament can spend. i think we will have to content with Srilankan, Pakistani or bangladeshi players

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 18, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    Now this is absolutely meaningless so late into the tournament. I guess Sanga needed some extra wallet cash. Have a nice Caribbean vacation Sanga !

  • on August 18, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    Hey Im Happy for sangakkara but they should give players from other countries a chance to like an aussie or one from england (that aren't playing in the ashes) or they giveplayers like brendon mcculum or an indian player.

  • Prabhash1985 on August 18, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    I watched yesterday's match that Mahela played, and watched it simply because Mahela played. Now I have more reasons to watch!

  • on August 18, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    Good selection Sanga is in tremendous form now...

  • JoshFromJamRock on August 18, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    It was only a matter of time. He will add much needed stability to the middle order and hence give Gayle to chance to play with freedom. Gayle, Hyatt, Walton, Sanga, and Russell should be the top 5 with Philander being a possible pinch hitter. To have two of the greatest cricketers Sri Lanka ever has produced the Tallawahs have been fortunate. By the way, Murali is doing a great recruiting job. Don't be surprised when Perera, Dilsan and Matthews come along next year to join the fun.

  • KallisTheGreatest on August 18, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    What a replacement ! His batting style is ideal for those conditions plus his experince will be a bless for Tallawahs !

  • Surajdon9 on August 18, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    Wow all the best Sangakkara.

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  • Surajdon9 on August 18, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    Wow all the best Sangakkara.

  • KallisTheGreatest on August 18, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    What a replacement ! His batting style is ideal for those conditions plus his experince will be a bless for Tallawahs !

  • JoshFromJamRock on August 18, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    It was only a matter of time. He will add much needed stability to the middle order and hence give Gayle to chance to play with freedom. Gayle, Hyatt, Walton, Sanga, and Russell should be the top 5 with Philander being a possible pinch hitter. To have two of the greatest cricketers Sri Lanka ever has produced the Tallawahs have been fortunate. By the way, Murali is doing a great recruiting job. Don't be surprised when Perera, Dilsan and Matthews come along next year to join the fun.

  • on August 18, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    Good selection Sanga is in tremendous form now...

  • Prabhash1985 on August 18, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    I watched yesterday's match that Mahela played, and watched it simply because Mahela played. Now I have more reasons to watch!

  • on August 18, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    Hey Im Happy for sangakkara but they should give players from other countries a chance to like an aussie or one from england (that aren't playing in the ashes) or they giveplayers like brendon mcculum or an indian player.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 18, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    Now this is absolutely meaningless so late into the tournament. I guess Sanga needed some extra wallet cash. Have a nice Caribbean vacation Sanga !

  • on August 18, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    i think the matter of signing English or Aussies is more a financial one. Indians stars certainly demand much more than an inaugural tournament can spend. i think we will have to content with Srilankan, Pakistani or bangladeshi players

  • Surajdon9 on August 18, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    Can anybody tell me whether Sanga will play tonight game against T&T?

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on August 18, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    he is not suitable to play T20 cricket.he is Good Test and ODI cricketer.Perera and Mathews is more better option than him.he can't play 6's.instead he is good at get singles and rotating strikes