Kumar Sangakkara will retire from first-class cricket at the end of the current English county season, he announced on Monday (May 22).
The former Sri Lankan international, now playing county cricket for Surrey, went past 20,000 first-class runs in the county's latest County Championship match at Lord's against Middlesex this week. Those runs, the first Sri Lankan to reach the milestone, have come at an average of 51.18. He will play in the Caribbean Premier League and finish his county season, but that will then be it.
"You try to fight the inevitable but you need to get out while you're ahead," he said. "It's the last time I'll play a four-day game here [at Lord's]. I'll be 40 in a few months, this is about the end of my time in county cricket."
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