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Sangakkara signs for Durham stint

Durham have confirmed that legendary Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakarra is set to play two LV= County Championship games for them over the next fortnight.

The classical left-hander, 36, whose expected Durham stint was widely reported, is due to face Yorkshire at the Emirates Durham ICG from Sunday and Sussex at the County Ground from May 11.

Kumar Sangakkara's only previous county cricket was for Warwickshire in 2007 when he hit 149 against new club Durham on his championship debut

He will then link up with Sri Lanka as they prepare for the limited-overs series versus England that starts with a NatWest International T20 at the Kia Oval on May 20.

Sangakkara, whose only other championship experience was for Warwickshire in 2007, will not feature in that match having retired from Twenty20 internationals after Sri Lanka’s World Twenty20 triumph this month when he hit a final-winning 52 not out against India on his 547th appearance for Sri Lanka.

Sangakkara, who made 149 versus Durham on his championship bow, said: "I'm really looking forward to returning to county cricket with Durham and I'm immensely grateful for the opportunity.

"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 head coach Jon Lewis said: "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."

Sangakkara will be Durham’s overseas player for his two appearances. That mantle will go to Australia bowling all-rounder John Hastings following his involvement in the Indian Premier League.

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