Rajasthan Royals appoints Kumar Sangakkara as their Director of Cricket

Rajasthan, 24/1 (AO bureau): Ahead of the upcoming IPL auction, the Indian Premier League(IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals has appointed former Sri Lanka Captain Kumar Sangakkara as their Director of Cricket for the next session.

Sangakkara is currently serving as the president of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), and now he will look after the cricket operations of the former IPL Champions. He will as well see the development of the Royals Academy in Nagpur, the franchise said in a statement.

After his appointment, Sangakara said “It’s a privilege to be joining the Rajasthan Royals and I am excited about the new challenge. To oversee the cricket strategy of a franchise in the leading cricket competition in the world, as well as building the development programs and cricketing infrastructure that will provide the future foundation of the IPL team’s on-field success, is an opportunity that really motivated me,”

“I have really enjoyed speaking to the leadership group over the recent weeks and can’t wait to get going. The team includes some of the world’s best players and great personalities so it’s going to be fun and very exciting to work with this group,” he added.

Newly appointed RR Captain Sanju Samson said, “He is someone who has had an exceptional cricket career himself and obviously understands the modern game. It’s great to have an all-time wicketkeeping great with us, he is someone who’s donned many hats, he was a fantastic keeper-batsman, he’s led Sri Lanka with grace and class throughout and has done it for years with the Sri Lankan national team across formats.”

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