Kumar Sangakkara Doesn't Want To Be The Next Imran Khan, Rules Out Entry Into Politics

Updated: 13 August 2018 15:29 IST

Kumar Sangakkara is one of the greatest cricketers from Sri Lanka.

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Sangakkara quit Test cricket in August 2015 after scoring 12,400 runs from 134 matches © AFP

Sri Lankan cricket superstar Kumar Sangakkara said on Monday that he didn't harbour any political ambitions. His statement comes after sections of Sri Lankan media had reported that he was eyeing next year's presidential elections. Sangakkara's comments came amid a media frenzy comparing him to Imran Khan, the cricketing great who is set to be sworn in as Pakistan's Prime Minister on Saturday. "I would like to put to rest speculation and rumour once and for all, confirming that I do not harbour any ambitions for political office," Sangakkara, 40, said in a statement. "I never have, and, with enormous certainty, I can say I never will." Sri Lanka's ruling coalition, as well as the main opposition, are yet to name their candidates for next year's presidential election.

Several cricket legends in the country have successfully switched to politics. Sri Lanka's World Cup winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga is a minister in the current government, while former skipper Sanath Jayasuriya served as a deputy minister after he retired from the international game.

Sangakkara quit Test cricket in August 2015 after aggregating 12,400 runs from 134 matches with 11 double centuries.

The former skipper, considered one of the all-time greats, steered his side to the final of the 2011 World Cup before losing to India.

(With AFP inputs)

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Highlights
  • Kumar Sangakkara said he didn't harbour any political ambitions
  • His comments came amid a media frenzy comparing him to Imran Khan
  • Sangakkara quit Test cricket in August 2015
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