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Lancashire Looking For Sanga Replacement

Kumar Sangakkara and Younus Khan

Lancashire are in talks with former Pakistan captain Younus Khan over becoming their overseas player, it was reported Friday.
The county side are targeting Younus as a replacement for Kumar Sangakkara, whose Sri Lanka commitments appear to have scuppered a move to Manchester.
Younus, 32, has played county cricket for Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire.
Last month, he was banned from playing for his country for allegedly causing infighting on a tour of Australia.
He and fellow batsman Mohammad Yousuf were accused of “bringing down the whole team”.
The sanction leaves Younus, who has a Test average of over 50, free to play a full season for a county side, unlike Sangakarra, whose international schedule has prompted Lancashire to look elsewhere.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Sangakarra is not due at Old Trafford until 28 June, after the World Twenty20, a Zimbabwe tournament and the Asia Cup.
We can see what other options are available if Sri Lanka’s series goes ahead, said Lancashire coach Peter Moores.
But Sri Lanka have now lined up new dates against India, which would delay his arrival until August.
“We may have to reassess if Sangakkara is still the right person for us,” said Lancashire coach Peter Moores last week.
Lancashire have already had to draft in South Africa’s Ashwell Prince as early-season cover because of Sangakkara’s extended international commitments.
“Kumar is still on the cards at the moment,” Moores told the Manchester Evening News. “But, if the series between India and Sri Lanka goes ahead, it would move the goalposts.
“We had what we thought was a good combination of Ashwell Prince and Sangakkara, because you want minimum disruption to the side.
“We saw last year when V.V.S. Laxman came in, there is a period of time needed for a player to settle in and for the team to adjust to the change. And it came at a crucial time for us because we had a semi-final to play.
“We didn’t quite play as well as we should have done and lost.”
Sangakkara was originally expected to arrive in England in late May
“We have learnt from that. We want good players, but we don’t continually want to keep chopping and changing either because it causes disruption.
“In an ideal world I would have one overseas player to a certain point and then another player from that point. We would only like to have one change but we might not be able to avoid having two.
“What we can do in the meantime is see what other options are available if that series goes ahead,” the coach said.

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