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It’s official: Sangakkara to lead Kings XI

After over a month’s speculation,the Kings XI Punjab management announced on Friday that Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara would lead the side in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season....

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: January 16, 2010 12:18:16 am

After over a month’s speculation,the Kings XI Punjab management announced on Friday that Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara would lead the side in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season. The 32-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman takes over from Yuvraj Singh,who led Kings XI Punjab in the first two IPL editions.

Yuvraj becomes the fourth Indian player to have been stripped of their IPL team’s captaincy after Rahul Dravid,VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly,who returns to the hot seat after being replaced by Brendon McCullum for the second season.

While no reasons were given for the switch,Sangakkara did say that he had spoken to Yuvraj before taking up the job. “I have enjoyed playing under Yuvraj,he is a very able captain. When everything wasn’t concrete,I spoke to him and after that I decided that it was the right time to take up captaincy,” he said.

Sangakkara insisted the move would not change the equation they shared. “Just because I am the new captain does not mean that it will affect my equation with Yuvi. He is a match-winner. Any IPL team would want to have him in their team. There will be no problems and communication will hold the key. He will be provided with a comfort zone so that he comes out all guns blazing. He can change the course of the match single-handedly and his role has not diminished with this decision,” the Lankan said.

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