Mumbai, Aug 7: The ICC president and former Pakistani captain Zaheer Abbas witnessed the recently concluded Sri Lanka-Pakistan matches. Now the ICC chairman N. Srinivasan has been invited to be present at Kumar Sangakkara's farewell Test in Colombo later this month. This was revealed by Kushil Gunasekera, the vice president and chairman of the tour organising committee of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board.
Speaking exclusively over his mobile from Colombo, Kushil Gunasekera says, "the Chairman Mr. Sidath Wettimuny and all of us at the Interim Committee has extended special invitations to the BCCI key officials including the ICC Chairman".
"Kumar's farewell Test (August 20-24 at P. Sara Oval) will always be something that the cricket loving public would want to be associated with being the legend that he is and how he has contributed immensely not only in the spirit of cricket but the way in which he has carried himself on and off the field being such a great ambassador for the game and our country".
The bilateral series of three Test matches between the two countries commences on August 12 with the first Test in Galle. However, Sangakkara is to say "good-bye" to the longest form of the game after the second Test.
Focus on game only
"Obviously both Tests would add much colour and value in numerous ways but as far as I know, Kumar being the professional he wants to focus on the game and do the best for his country rather than worry too much of his own farewell", Gunasekera added.
"I'm sure, many many in the world will be interested to see him perform in the middle that he's renowned for and if he does what he can do with the bat, that would be the best tribute just the same way if you recall how Muttiah Muralitharan last game, also against India, made it such a memorable occasion for the way in which he excelled in a kind of magical way to reach 800 test wickets", he signed off.