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Karunaratne thrilled to sign for Hampshire

27th February 2019, 17:06 by Daniel McCarthy

Sri Lanka batsman Dimuth Karunaratne says he “could not be happier” after signing county deal with Hampshire.

The 30-year-old has good pedigree after scoring eight centuries in 60 Tests for Sri Lankan while also captaining them to a series victory against South Africa earlier this month.

He also made three 50s in their Test series loss against England before Christmas.

The left-hander will be available for 10 County Championship matches after signing a deal until July when the T20 Blast starts, and says he is very much looking forward to getting going.

He said: “It has always been my dream to play in the County Championship and I couldn’t be happier for it to be at a county like Hampshire.

“I am looking forward to continue building on the success from 2018 by playing an important role in Hampshire’s future.’”

Hants’ director of cricket, Giles White, added: “It’s a great coup to have him here. Dimuth is a perfect fit for us as a top-order batsman.

“Availability and a top-order batsman were the key factors when we were looking for an overseas player, so we’re delighted to welcome him for what will be his first taste of county cricket.”

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Daniel McCarthy is a reporter who is very knowledgeable about football at all levels, and a keen Leeds United fan. He also follows darts, snooker, motorsport, and rugby league.

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