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Maharoof added to Sri Lanka squad Published: 24 May 2011

Farveez Maharoof has been called up to the Sri Lanka squad for the npower Test series with England after Nuwan Pradeep withdrew through injury.

Sri Lanka have also been hit by the news that Dilhara Fernando is suffering from a knee complaint.

Maharoof has been playing county cricket for Lancashire this summer and was not part of the initial 16-man squad selected for the three match Test series.

With Sri Lanka missing several first choice players due to DLF Indian Premier League commitments the 26-year-old played the opening tour match against Middlesex and his excellent form for Lancashire has earned a call-up.

Fernando, 31, took six wickets in the Sri Lankans’ win over England Lions and is in line to lead the attack in England.

He was set to be joined by Pradeep after the uncapped 24-year-old suffered a knee ligament injury after standing on the ball during a match-winning spell of 4-29 against the Lions.

Fernando is also reportedly carrying a knee injury and, though he played through it in the victory in Derby, there are still concerns over his fitness.

Absence

Maharoof has played 20 Tests since his debut in 2004 but his last was in November 2007 when Sri Lanka were soundly beaten by Australia in Hobart.

He has racked up over 100 caps in both limited-overs formats though and last appeared in a One Day International against India in 2010.

Maharoof played all three Tests in England in 2006, making 59 in the second innings of the drawn opening Test at Lord’s.

His experience five years ago immediately gives him more Test match experience in English conditions than any other member of the Sri Lanka squad.

Maharoof's ability with the bat may also appeal to the Sri Lanka selectors who are seeking to balance the side without injured all-rounder Angelo Mathews.

Maharoof stat-pack

Age: 26
Role: Right-hand batsman, right-arm fast-medium

Batting

 
 Matches
 Runs
 Highest
 Avg
 100s
 50s
 
Test
 20
 538
 72
 19.92
 0
 3
 
First-class
 59
 1,971
 118
 25.93
 4
 6
 

Bowling

 
 Matches
 Wickets
 Best
 Avg
 5-fors
 
Test
 20
 24
 4-52
 60.75
 0
 
First-class
 59
 113
 7-73
 32.32
 1
 


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