County news September 19, 2012

Northamptonshire release Vaas

ESPNcricinfo staff

Northamptonshire have decided not to renew Chaminda Vaas' contract for 2013, citing the 38-year-old's troubles with fitness last season. A variety of injuries saw the former Sri Lanka seam bowler play in only six of Northants' 16 Division Two Championship matches and he also missed much of the Clydesdale Bank 40.

Vaas had been a key player in his first two seasons with Northants but it was felt his fitness was not worth gambling on for another year. "I have felt for Chaminda as he has strived for fitness but has just not been able to beat the injuries this year," Northants coach David Ripley said. "A real gentleman of cricket, we wish him all the very best in his future."

"He has contributed a great deal to Northants cricket during his time here, but I would also pay tribute to his standing in the international list of greats."

Vaas was named the Most Valuable Player in the Friends Life t20 competition in 2010, his first season with the county, and was Northamptonshire's highest wicket-taker in 2011, with 70 Championship scalps at 21.11. He has also played for Middlesex, Hampshire and Worcestershire in county cricket.

Vaas is Sri Lanka's most successful seam bowler, having taken 355 wickets in Tests, and 399 in ODIs.

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  • Dummy4 on September 20, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    On the authority of Abu Hurairah(may Allah be blessed with him) who said : The messenger of Allah peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said : " Allah does not judge according to your bodies and appearances, but He scans your hearts and looks into your deeds "

  • Imi on September 20, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    Vass gave me great viewing pleasure over the years. The best fast bowler I've seen from SL - including Malinga too. Vaas was a true line and lengther!

  • Shankar on September 20, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    Chaminda Vaas is the 2nd best bowler in Srilanka next to Muralidharan. He holds the world record for best bowling in the ODI match. His ODI economy is just 4.18. I don't know know Srilankan board did not give proper respect to him. He was dropped all of a sudden. It is shame on Srilankan Cricket Board to ill treat great cricketer like Chaminda Vaas.

  • Suss on September 20, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Vaas is such a brilliant human being and a cricketer. Vassy was the player of the year of the year in 2011 in the England county championships. However 2012 was too much, he had too many injuries and couldn't keep up with the game. So sad to see him go, no doubt the best Seamer Sri lanka has produced.

  • Shahbaz on September 20, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    he has 400 wickets in ODI :)

  • Dummy4 on September 19, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    guess thats it for vass, no international cricket no slpl now no county's

  • Lakmal on September 19, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    "Vaas is Sri Lanka's most successful seam bowler, having taken 355 wickets in Tests, and 399 in ODIs." It should be 400 ODI wickets. please correct that.

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