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Kandy elated over Sanga’s new appointment

By Hafiz Marikar in Kandy

Kandy cricket lovers are happy over Kumar Sangakkara’s appointment, a well-deserved honour to a person who learnt his cricket in Kandy’s Trinity College.

He becomes the first non-British President of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) for a year, which starts from 1 October.

The MCC, which is based at Lord’s, remains the guardian of the laws of the game and upholds the spirit of cricket. Sangakkara’s term will have two Tests – against the West Indies and Pakistan – at Lord’s. In his playing career, he scored 12,400 Test and over 14,000 ODI runs, plus a tally of almost 1,400 T20I runs for Sri Lanka.

Sangakkara was born on 27 October 1977 in Matale. He is widely regarded as one of the world’s most influential cricketers and one of the all-time top batsmen. A left-handed top-order batsman, he is also a record-breaking wicket-keeper. However, he did not keep wickets at the end of his Test career.

He is often described as “one of the most polished and prudent of batsmen” in cricket. He dominated the ICC Test batting rankings between 2005 and 2015.