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Sangakkara is the third Sri Lankan player to sign with a CPL franchise in the last couple of days
Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara, who has just come off an outstanding series against South Africa, has inked a deal to represent the Jamaica Tallawahs for the rest of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
Sangakkara will replace Pakistan batsman Ahmed Shehzad, who has flown to Zimbabwe to rendezvous with the rest of the national team.
“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 third Sri Lankan player to sign with a CPL franchise in the past couple of days, as veteran batsman Mahela Jayawardene agreed to a deal with the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel, while pace spearhead Lasith Malinga also signed a contract to represent the Guyana Amazon Warriors.