Sangakkara relishing CPL return with Jamaica Tallawahs

Kumar Sangakkara has fond memories of winning the Caribbean Premier League with the Jamaica Tallawahs in 2013 and he is already looking forward to his second stint with the team this year.

Sangakkara joined the team late in the tournament three years ago and played his part in them securing victory, although they are still chasing a repeat success.

Speaking to Unibet, he recalls his enjoyment of playing in the competition for the first time.

"I remember going into the Tallawahs and knowing they were a great team with Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Chadwick Walton, we had some great overseas players in Murali and a few others," he said.

"Going to the semis and the final, so the business end of the tournament, there was no pressure on me to go and perform," he joked.

But perform he did, hitting an unbeaten 50 in the semi-final win over Barbados Tridents and then 13 in the final victory over Guyana Amazon Warriors.

For the experienced Sri Lankan, however, as much as the cricket, the atmosphere and the supporters are what make the tournament so special.

"I just remember getting to Trinidad and absorbing the atmosphere and it was exactly what you'd expect of a T20 tournament in the West indies.

"There were passionate supporters, people having fun, the West Indian supporters know their cricket very very well," he added.

"It was just the most exciting atmosphere to play in. It helped that we won the semis and the final!"

Sangakkara is now looking forward to this year's competition, in which Jamaica will make their bow on 2nd July when they play St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in Basseterre.

"Paul Nixon was coach at that time and it was a great dressing room - a lot of fun, relaxed cricket but a lot of good cricket so I'm really looking forward to going back."

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