Kumar Sangakkara: Durham sign Sri Lanka wicketkeeper/batsman

Durham have announced the signing of Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara after several weeks of speculation.

The 36-year-old joins the club on a short-term deal that will see him play County Championship matches against Yorkshire and Sussex.

Sangakkara, part of the side that won the World Twenty20 earlier this month, has scored 11,151 runs in 122 Tests.

"To attract a player of his quality to Durham is fantastic. I'm sure he'll be an asset," said head coach Jon Lewis.

"I said that if we could pull off this signing it would be a big bonus and it is."

Sangakkara's Test record

  • 122 matches
  • 11,151 runs
  • 58.07 average
  • 35 centuries
  • 191 victims

The left-hander last played in county cricket during the 2007 season when he turned out for Warwickshire.

He has also played 369 one-day internationals and 59 T20 games for Sri Lanka and after his two matches for Durham, he will join his national side for a limited-overs series against England.

"I'm really looking forward to returning to county cricket and I'm immensely grateful for the opportunity," said Sangakkara.

"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."