Cricket: ‘Sanga’ is Bute club’s newest member

Bute County Cricket Club's vice-captain Jack Deans, chairman David Mackay and captain Richard Harding react to the news that Kumar Sangakkara has agreed to become the club's first associate member.
Bute County Cricket Club's vice-captain Jack Deans, chairman David Mackay and captain Richard Harding react to the news that Kumar Sangakkara has agreed to become the club's first associate member.

The top-ranked batsman in world cricket has agreed to become the first ‘associate member’ of Bute County Cricket Club.

In a major PR coup for Bute, former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara - who retired from one-day cricket after his country’s defeat to South Africa in the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Wednesday - has accepted an invitation to take up the club’s newest form of membership.

The cricketing legend, known as Sanga to his legion of fans and three million Facebook followers, accepted the membership invitation following an email exchange between club chairman David Mackay and Sanga’s agent Charlie Austin.

In a message of good luck to the club as they prepare for the 2015 season, which starts on the first weekend in May, Sanga said: “I really enjoyed learning about the club’s history from David Mackay. Your enthusiasm and passion for the game is really inspiring.

“I really hope that all the work being done to develop the club and develop the game on the Isle of Bute bears fruit, helping you secure success on the pitch as well as providing lots of fun off the pitch.”

* Find out more about how Sangakkara’s new Bute link came about by reading the full story in the March 21 edition of The Buteman - on sale now.