Sri-Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara is understood to be in advanced talks with county champions Durham over a possible short-term move.
The 36-year-old who recently won the World Twenty20 title with Sri Lanka earlier this month has been in touch with Durham but head coach Jon Lewis would not confirm a deal has been done.
Left-hander Sangakkara is poised to play against England in May’s one-day series opening the door for three potential Championship fixtures for Durham. Lewis told the Northern Echo: “I can’t think of a better player in the world who is not involved in the Indian Premier League.”
Sangakkara has been a consistent performer in the International arena throughout his illustrious career to date since his debut in 2000. His average of 58.07 from 122 Test Matches has him tenth on the all-time averages list along with 35 centuries and 45 fifties.
Although of this high average, Sangakarra has struggled against England in the past with it easily being the team he scores the lowest against at 36.52 which could be down to the tricky overcast conditions and the swinging ball. Sanga as he is known had a brief stint in England before with Warwickshire in 2007 and was also scheduled to play for Lancashire in 2010 however he failed to make an appearance.
Durham have already captured Australian all-rounder John Hastings as an overseas player for this season and could increase their squad strength even more if Sangakaara also joins the North-East side.
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