Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara has penned a deal to join Surrey for the 2015 English county season.
The number one Test ranked batsmen will join up with Surrey after the World Cup and should be available for most of the season, which is a huge boost for Surrey and their young side.
The Sri Lankan has decided to quit international cricket after the World Cup down under, which takes place in February and March, so should be available for the majority of the English season.
Wealth of experience
Sangakkara is no stranger to county cricket after playing for Durham in two Championship games last season and also previously having played for Warwickshire. He has also toured England with Sri Lanka so will be no stranger to English conditions.
He brings with him a wealth of experience in all forms of cricket having hit over 12,000 Test runs and 13,000 ODI runs and, once he ends his international career this year, he will be considered as one of the greatest batsmen the game has ever seen.
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Best Test batsman in the world
He is currently ranked the best Test batsman in the world, fifth in the list of all-time leading Test run-scorers and the fourth highest ODI run-scorer in history.
Surrey will hope that the 37-year old can help a Surrey side that have put their faith in youth this season. His guidance and professionalism could prove priceless in what is a long and busy county season even for an experienced side.
Surrey, by signing the Sri Lankan, may well have pulled off the best signing of 2015 and if Sangakkara can reach the heights of his international career then he could well guide the Surrey club to silverware by the end of the season.
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