Kumar Sangakkara after his man of the match display in the 2014 World T20 Final (getty images)
Durham CCC is delighted to announce the signing of Sri Lanka International Kumar Sangakkara.
The 36 year old will play for the reigning LV=County Champions in the upcoming games with Yorkshire and Sussex.
Sangakkara will then link up with his national team as they prepare for the Royal London One Day International series against England, which begins in May.
The Emirates Durham ICG will host the third match of the series, giving supporters in the North East a number of chances to see one of the finest players of his generation.
Sangakkara has represented Sri Lanka on over 500 occasions and averages over 50 with the bat in both test and first class cricket.
Most recently, the left hander scored an unbeaten half-century to help his country win the final of the ICC World T20.
Sangakkara said "I'm really looking forward to returning to county cricket with Durham and I'm immensely grateful for the opportunity"
"I actually made my debut for Warwickshire against Durham back in 2007 - I scored a few runs that day so I'm hoping to make amends this time around!"
Head Coach Jon Lewis said "I said that if we could pull off this signing it would be a big bonus and it is. To attract a player of Kumar Sangakkara's quality to Durham is fantastic, and I've been really impressed by his eagerness to join us."
"In his short stay, I'm sure he'll be a big asset - not just with his performances, but with the example he will show our crop of fine young cricketers"