Youngsters should focus on Tests: Sangakkara

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Published: Sunday, February 24, 2013, 10:51 [IST]
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'Youngsters should focus on Tests'

Bangalore, Feb 24: Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara has backed former captain Sanath Jayasuriya's view that youngsters should keep away from the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL).

Recently, Jayasuriya had said Sri Lankan youngsters should not play IPL as it would affect their batting technique.

"I personally feel our youngsters should keep away from IPL as they adopt different technique playing in the T20 format, which is detrimental to them in the long run," Jayasuriya had said.

When Sangakkara's reaction was sought on this, the left-hander said: "Well I think that's a valid comment because it is about technique. Technique is very important for Test cricket and whoever plays the shorter version of the game, when they play Test cricket it is a completely different challenge."

"More technical accomplishment is required and that is why (Sanath) Jayasuriya said that and I completely agree with that. When you are a youngster you cannot get carried away by just playing T20. That's why in Sri Lanka there is a lot of emphasis on youngsters playing Tests and then expand your repertoire to play the shorter versions," he added.

Sangakkara was in Bangalore on Saturday (February 23) to promote Sri Lanka tourism. He will be leading Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 6.


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