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Kumar Sangakkara to retire from first-class cricket in September

Kumar Sangakkara has been in prime form for Surrey
Kumar Sangakkara has been in prime form for Surrey

Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has announced that he will retire from first-class career at the end of the ongoing English County Championship season in September.

Sangakkara currently tops the list for leading run scorer in the 2017 season of County Championship Division One where he represents Surrey with 592 runs from four matches that includes four centuries and a fifty as well and most recently helped his team seal a draw against Middlesex at Lord's by scoring hundreds in both the innings.

Citing age as a factor behind the retirement, Sangakkara also stressed on the need to end a glittering career on a high.

"You try to fight the inevitable but you need to get out while you're ahead," the 39-year-old told the BBC on Monday.

"It's the last time I'll play a four-day game here. I'll be 40 in a few months, this is about the end of my time in county cricket."

Sangakkara announced his retirement from Test cricket in 2015 and is positioned fifth in all-time leading run getter in the format and was also part of the 2007 and 2011 World Cup squad that went to final before surrendering to Australia and India respectively.

He chose to end his limited overs career for Sri Lanka following the end of the 2015 World Cup played in Australia and New Zealand.

"My career might have a few more months (left) but that's about it," he added.

"The biggest mistake that sometimes you can make is that you think you're better than you really are.

"Cricketers, or any sort of sportsperson, have an expiry date and you need to walk away.

"I have been very lucky to play for as long as I did so but there's a lot more life to be lived away from the game."

Sangakkara is expected to be part of the T20 leagues around the world until next year.

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