Legendary Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara is all set to retire from Test Cricket after the first Test against India, which is tentatively scheduled to be played at Galle from August 18th. The former Lankan skipper is expected to finalize his decision after a meeting with the national selectors on Tuesday but it is understood that Sangakkara has already communicated to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) that he intends to play only three more Test matches.
According to ESPNcricinfo, Sangakkara, who has county cricket commitments to honour with Surrey, is expected to feature in the first two Tests against Pakistan in Galle and Colombo before turning out for the opening Test of the India series. With the Test match schedule for the India series yet to be formally announced, there is a possibility of the Sangakkara’s farewell match to be allotted to his home city of Kandy.
Sangakarra earlier retired from the ODIs and T20s at the end of their respective World Cups. Sangakkara is the most successful batsman for Sri Lanka in Tests as he accumulated 1203 runs in 130 Tests at an average of 58.66.
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