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By Chineze Ogugua

Former Sri Lanka captain, Kumar Sangakkara has retired from competitive cricket.

The 39-year old, who made 35 not out in his final first-class innings for Surrey against Lancashire on Wednesday believes he is retiring from the first-class game at the right time.

In a statement, he said,“Sometimes you hold on a bit too long and I always think it’s better to let go a bit sooner than later,”

“I’ll miss it terribly, without a doubt, but that’s a good thing. A lot of players walk away bitter and upset and regretting a lot of the things that might have been.

“I walk away with a few regrets, like anyone would, but I’m absolutely happy with the way I played the game and what I’ve achieved.

“The game goes on and that’s the beauty of any sport. It doesn’t matter who retires or who comes into play – the sport will be bigger than all of us.”

He is fifth on the list of all-time run scorers in Test cricket, with 12,400 runs in 134 appearances. However, he ended his first-class career with 20,911 runs.

Despite his retirement, Sangakkara who has also played for three English counties (Durham

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