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Sri Lanka recall Maharoof for ODIs in UK

Sri Lanka's Farveez Maharoof acknowledges the crowd after taking five wickets against India during their match in the Asia Cup one-day international cricket tournament in Dambulla June 22, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/File Photo
Sri Lanka's Farveez Maharoof acknowledges the crowd after taking five wickets against India during their match in the Asia Cup one-day international cricket tournament in Dambulla June 22, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/File Photo

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan all rounder Farveez Maharoof inched closer to a return to international cricket on Wednesday after being called into the squad for one-day series against England and Ireland.

Fellow all rounder Danushka Gunathilaka, batsman Upul Tharanga, leg-spinner Seekkuge Prasanna and off-spinner Suraj Randiv will also join the squad for the one-dayers, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said in a statement.

Maharoof, who played the last of his 104 ODIs against Bangladesh in March 2012, was rewarded after the 31-year-old emerged as the Premier Limited Over Tournament's leading wicket-taker.

SLC did not specify cricketers who would return home after the test series.

Sri Lanka take on England in the final test at Lord's on Thursday, hoping to avoid a 3-0 defeat.

They will then move to Dublin for two one-dayers against Ireland before returning to England for a five-match ODI series against the hosts to be followed by a Twenty20 International on July 5.

(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; editing by Martyn Herman)

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