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Kumar Sangakkara joins Sky Sports ahead of the 2018 summer of cricket

Friday, April 13th 2018 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

Sky Sports has added former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara to its already-impressive line-up of cricket pundits.

Sangakkara, who scored 12,400 Test runs and more than 14,000 ODI runs for Sri Lanka in a 15-year international career, joins former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh and Pakistan legend Wasim Akram.

Throughout the summer, they’ll join regulars David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd, Nasser Hussain, Michael Atherton, Sir Ian Botham, David Gower and Michael Holding in the Sky Sports studio and commentary box.

England’s summer of cricket starts on 24 May with a two-Test series against Pakistan, followed by a one-off ODI against Scotland then five one-dayers and a T20 against Australia.

Later in the summer, one of the world’s best players Virat Kohli brings his India side to England for three T20s and three One Day Internationals throughout July, and five Test matches throughout August and September.

Every match will be shown live on Sky Sports Cricket, the broadcaster’s dedicated cricket channel, as will England Women’s home ODIs and T20 Tri Series against South Africa and New Zealand.

'Fresh insight'

Sky will be showing 12 matches from the Kia Super League including the finals day from Hove, every game from the Indian Premier League and the Caribbean Hurricane Relief T20 International between West Indies and the Rest of the World live from Lords on 31 May.

Of course, there’ll also be country cricket action from the Specsavers County Championship, Vitality Blast and Royal London One Day Cup competitions.

“The line-up on Sky Sports Cricket this summer is going to be one to remember, with England facing some huge rivals at home, we will certainly not be short of talking points,” said Sangakkara.

“I am looking forward to joining the Sky Cricket team alongside my old rivals Nasser Hussain and Michael Atherton and bringing fresh insight, analysis and opinion to the commentary box.”

With the ICC Cricket World Cup and The Ashes to come in 2019, there’ll be plenty for cricket fans to sink their teeth into on Sky Sports for quite some time.

To add Sky Sports Cricket to your Sky TV package it’s £18 a month with no minimum term contract. Alternatively, for £20 a month you can get all eight Sky Sports as long as you don’t mind committing to an 18-month contract.

If you're not with Sky, your best bet to watch the cricket might be a NOW TV Sky Sports pass. A day pass costs £7.99 and would cover you for a T20 or 50-over match, while a week pass is £12.99 and would allow you to watch an entire Test match, as long as it doesn't get rained off.

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