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Farveez Maharoof eager for a return to Lancashire

Farveez Maharoof
Maharoof was recalled to the Sri Lanka squad for the first two England Tests

Lancashire's Sri Lanka all-rounder Farveez Maharoof has said he would like to return next season after enjoying his first spell in county cricket.

Maharoof has proved popular with the fans after scoring a century on his Championship debut and a match-winning knock against Yorkshire in May.

"For a foreign player it's all about feeling homely and from the first day I did," he told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"The spectators have been really good. Hopefully I can return in future."

He added: "Once you have that back-up and support from everywhere, it's easy to perform."

It's still not decided if the Sri Lankan Premier League is happening or not, so if it doesn't happen I'll stay

Farveez Maharoof

The 26-year-old's early-season form earned him a recall to the Sri Lanka squad and he featured in the first two Tests against England, before being omitted from the squad for the one-day international series.

Maharoof was expected to interrupt his season at Lancashire with a short spell in the Sri Lanka Premier League between mid-July and early August but has revealed that this might now not happen.

"It's still not decided if the Sri Lankan Premier League is happening or not, so if it doesn't happen I'll stay," he said.

If he does return home, Maharoof will assess the importance of Lancashire's final Twenty20 group fixture against Northamptonshire Steelbacks before choosing his date of departure.

"I may wait until after 15 July before flying home - if it's a really important game I'll probably play that and take the plane the next day."



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