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July 2, 2007
Chaminda Vaas will return to England after the second Test against Bangladesh to reunite with his family and also resume his county contract with Middlesex.
Vaas, 33, said that he was being released by Sri Lanka Cricket to resume his contract with the county he has signed to play for 2007. Vaas went to Sri Lanka for the Test series leaving his family in England.
Vaas will play in the second Test against Bangladesh beginning on Tuesday at the P Saravanamuttu Stadium. It will be the 98th Test of his illustrious career. He is expected to make way for another young fast bowler whom the national selectors want to include for the third and final Test in Kandy.
Farveez Maharoof, who is bowling and batting exceptionally well, according to Mahela Jayawardene, and fast bowler Sajeewa de Silva are the main contenders to take Vaas's place. Vaas scored his maiden Test hundred in the first Test of the series at the SSC which Sri Lanka won by an innings and 232 runs.