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Adil Rashid

England have been given permission to call-up Adil Rashid, pictured, to their squad following Michael Yardy's withdrawal

The England selectors have called up Yorkshire leg-spinner Adil Rashid to the World Cup squad following approval from the ICC event technical committee.

Rashid, who is currently in the West Indies with England Lions, will replace Michael Yardy following his decision to withdraw from the squad with depression. Rashid is scheduled to arrive in Colombo on Saturday.

National selector Geoff Miller said: "We have been closely monitoring Adil's progress over the winter and he will have benefited from being part of the Lions tour in the Caribbean and his recent experience in Australia where he played a key role in helping the Redbacks win the Big Bash T20 competition.

“His inclusion will provide us with a different option in our bowling attack and I am sure Adil will be delighted to be joining the squad at such a crucial juncture in this Cricket World Cup."

England face Sri Lanka in the quarter-final stages of the Cricket World Cup on Saturday March 26.

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