Sangakkara joins Tallawahs
ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC): Former Sri Lanka captain, Kumar Sangakkara, is set to link up with the Jamaica Tallawahs for the final stretch of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League (LCPL), organisers have confirmed.
The elegant 36-year-old left-handed batsman will take over from Pakistan top-order player Ahmed Shezhad, who is leaving to join the Pakistan squad on tour in Zimbabwe.
Sangakkara, who has played for three franchises in the Indian Premier League - Deccan Chargers, Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad - becomes the fourth Sri Lanka player to join the LCPL following the signings of Muttiah Muralitharan (Jamaica Tallawahs), Mahela Jayawardene (Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel) and Lasith Malinga (Guyana Amazon Warriors).
Reflecting on his move, Sangakkara said: "I did not expect to be playing the Limacol CPL this year, but when Murali telephoned and asked whether I might be interested in playing for the Jamaica Tallawahs I jumped at the chance.
"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."
KSAFA Champions League
Arnett Gardens FC, Rae Town and August Town will battle for one semi-final spot as the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Champions League continues today with a double-header at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex. With Tivoli in an unasailable position on six points from two games in Zone A, the other three teams are fighting for the runner-up spot and a place in Thursday's semi-finals.
KSAFA Super League side, Rae Town, are in second position on two points and must win against Tivoli today at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex, starting at 2 p.m. In the second game of the double-header, home side Arnett will challenge August Town.
Rae Town and Arnett battled to a 1-1 draw at the University of the West Indies, Mona Bowl on Saturday, while Tivoli secured their place in the semi-final after they tagged August Town 3-1.
Boys' Town (seven) have already secured a spot in the semi-final from Zone B, and will be joined by either Cavalier (five) or Waterhouse. The two Premier League outfits played yesterday in the second game of a double-header at the Stadium East. Boys' Town edged Whitfield Town 1-0 in the first game, while Cavalier and Waterhouse battled to a 0-0 draw in the other encounter.