Sangakkara anxious to succeed with Tallawahs
KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC):
Legendary Sri Lankan strokemaker Kumar Sangakarra says he is already looking forward to the "enchanting" experience the Caribbean holds after being selected to represent Jamaica Tallawahs in the fourth edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) starting in June.
The 38-year-old left-hander is one of the most sought-after batsmen in the game's shortest format and will join the likes of superstar opener Chris Gayle and exciting all-rounder André Russell in a formidable Tallawahs unit over the summer.
"Over my 15 years playing international cricket, I only toured the West Indies twice, aside from playing in ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 and the ICC World T20 in 2010, but every time I played here, it was a special experience," Sangakkara said.
He added: "When you play in the Caribbean, you can't help but be enchanted by the public who makes playing here so special. They're passionate, fun, and extremely knowledgeable. The island feel and the music and traditions of the Caribbean are amazing and I can't wait to get back."
Sangakkara tasted success with the Tallawahs in the inaugural year of the tournament when the Gayle-led side beat Guyana Amazon Warriors in the final in Port-of-Spain.
Now retired from international cricket, Sangakkara said that he was anxious to build on this success.
"I am extremely excited to be part of the Jamaica Tallawahs again this year, having enjoyed being part of the squad who went on to win the inaugural trophy back in 2013. The CPL is a competition that is growing year on year and the quality is extremely high," the former Sri Lankan captain said.
He continued: "Our goal with the Tallawahs is to build game by game and go on and try to win the competition. We have some outstanding players such as Chris Gayle, AndrÈ Russell and Chadwick Walton, and we will aim to build a cohesive side and add strength, which I believe we have done now.
"It's clear that there has been real growth in popularity and appeal in the CPL, and with the quality of cricketers who have been attracted across all of the teams, this could be the best year yet."