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Kumar Sangakkara a man with a plan

Impact of Sri Lanka's worldly wicketkeeper felt well beyond cricket's fields of play

Updated: October 5, 2012, 2:40 PM ET
By Amar Shah | For ESPN.com

"Our cricket embodied everything in our lives, our laughter and tears, our hospitality, our generosity, our music, our food and drink. It was normality and hope and inspiration in a war-ravaged island. In it was our culture and heritage, enriched by our myriad ethnicities and religions. In it we were untouched, at least for a while, by petty politics and division. It is indeed a pity that life is not cricket. If it were, we would not have seen the festering wounds of an ignorant war." ...

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