Return of Sangakkara – this time it’s temporary and he doesn’t really want to do it

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He's even developed 'captain's neck' like Andrew Strauss

It’s not a great film title, but we’d watch. We will watch, in fact.

Kumar Sangakkara had two years as captain, but, like Mahela Jayawardene before him, jacked the job in because of the pressure. Unfortunately, Tillakaratne Dilshan’s minced thumb has meant Sri Lanka need a stand-in and after much ‘ah, come on, there has to be somebody else,’ Sangakkara is back.

Political interference is often cited as being one of the reasons why the Sri Lanka captaincy is such a pain in the balls, but it’s all a bit vague. Is it more than that?

The lack of concrete information sets your mind on a path that leads to images of suited men cheering as the Sri Lanka cricket captain unicycles semi-naked. After bringing them all cocktails served in tankards made out of polar bear feet, the men make him dance a tearful jig while pelting him with slugs.

Assuming that’s all factual, you can see why Kumar Sangakkara doesn’t want the job.


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  1. I hear for the next SL test, Sanath is captain and Arjuna Ranatunga will be a nude cheerleader. The idea is this will prompt Jaya to clear the fence a bit more than usual. I don’t see no reason why this shouldn’t work.

  2. Maybe he secretly enjoys the naked unicycling, which is why he’s gone back for more, after a token period of “thinking about it”.

  3. Very cynical of you to suggest there might be political interference in Sri Lankan cricket. Sangakkara gave up because he wasn’t sure he’d still be playing in 4 years time in the next World Cup. That’s why his successor is a year older than him!

  4. Wow. This I did not know. I always expected Dilshan to be more of 30-31. May be it was because of his late blooming.

  5. Given their difficulties in filling the position perhaps Sri Lanka need to explore the concept of ringers when it comes to captains.

    Rob Key is a legend in his own mind with thwarted international ambitions.

    Hey presto, one forged passport later, step forward Rotunda Openah Notscoremanyrunsandun Legbeforewicketh Key.

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