“This World Cup will be an incredible event for the game”- Sangakkara

Kumar Sangakkara, the former Sri Lanka captain, recently has shared his opinion about the World Test Championship, cricket featuring in the Olympics, the expansion of cricket, his new role and challenges as the president of London’s Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and more. He also shared his excitement about the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 which will start from May 30 in England and Wales.

Recently Namibia, United States of America, Papua New Guinea and Oman got the One-Day internationals status. So, asking about the expansion of cricket he said: “I think the ICC has been completing a generally amazing activity as far as attempting to spread the game and all the more significantly as far as brining new teams to the international cricket. MCC does it in a one of a kind way and has intended to tie up and bring in energizing new nations.”

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He also talked about the World Test Championship and cricket featuring in the Olympics. “The World Test Championship is extraordinary. At last it is done after much discussion. There will be a settling in period to begin with. At the present time there is a rating points system. We expected to begin it and bolster it altogether. Each Test series checks and it gives cricket a genuinely necessary setting for the fans too.

“I have been an individual from the World Cricket Committee and we have in all respects firmly pushed for cricket to be incorporated into Olympics. There are talks and discussions and I feel that the procedure is on,” the Sri-Lankan legend said.

The third highest run getter in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 with the average of 93.00, Sangakkara also expresses that there will be a much close competition in the upcoming World Cup. “I have a feeling this World Cup will be one of the best ever tournaments. There will be close challenge and I am certain we can anticipate some extraordinary cricket. The fans will appreciate it. It will be an incredible event for the game and I am truly excited,” he said.

After that, asking about his new role as a President of MCC, first non-British MCC president Sangakkara said: “It is an amazing privilege and benefit to be delegated as the first international of MCC. I ought to thank the present president Anthony Wreford for having the boldness to settle on an exceptionally troublesome choice like this. I am astonished that he was thinking about me and expanded the invitation in January. I will turn 42 this year and resigned as of late. At the point when Anthony clarified the thinking, I comprehended the procedure and to what extent he would have pondered it.”

Kumar Sangakkara will take up his one-year post on October 1, 2019.


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