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Suraj Randiv, Farveez Maharoof earn recalls for England, Ireland ODIs

Suraj Randiv, Farveez Maharoof earn recalls for England, Ireland ODIs
Farveez Maharoof last played for Sri Lanka in March 2012.
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The Sri Lankan selectors have recalled off-spinner Suraj Randiv and pace bowler Farveez Maharoof for the One-Day International series to be played against England and Ireland.

All-rounder Danushka Gunathilaka, batsman Upul Tharanga, and leg-spinner Seekkuge Prasanna have also been called up and will join Randiv and Maharoof for the ODIs.

Maharoof last played a 50-over game for Sri Lanka against Bangladesh in March 2012 while Randiv’s last appearance in the format came in November 2014 against India.

Meanwhile, Prasanna and Tharanga featured in the ODI series against Pakistan in 2015 while Gunathilaka took part in the series against New Zealand in January this year.

Maharoof’s comeback was on the back of his performance in Sri Lanka’s Premier Limited Over tournament where he ended up as the highest wicket-taker with 16 scalps from five games for Nondescripts Cricket Club.

Randiv, on the other hand, took seven wickets from five matches for Galle Cricket Club and he was also the second highest wicket-taker in the 2015-16 Premier League tournament with 50 scalps from 10 games.

The inclusion of the above mentioned five players was announced by Sri Lanka Cricket in a media release but the board did not disclose which of the members of the Test squad will fly back home.

Nuwan Kulasekara, who recently announced his retirement from Test cricket to concentrate on the limited overs matches, missed out on selection as did all-rounder Thisara Perera.

Sri Lanka will begin their limited overs leg of the tour of the British Isles with the two-match ODI series against Ireland.

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