Ireland news January 21, 2016

Vaas to assist Ireland during World T20

ESPNcricinfo staff

Chaminda Vaas was Sri Lanka's bowling coach from February 2013 to April 2015 © AFP

Ireland have appointed Chaminda Vaas, the former Sri Lanka seamer, as their bowling consultant ahead of the World T20. Vaas will begin his short-term assignment during Ireland's visit to Abu Dhabi, where they will play two T20Is against UAE on February 14 and 16, and remain with the squad until the end of the World T20 in India.

"I'm very excited to be joining the backroom staff of the Ireland team," Vaas said. "There's a lot of talent and experience in the squad which I'm confident I can add to.

"I've played with and against some of the guys during my time in county cricket with Middlesex and Northants. I'm relishing the prospect of sharing the knowledge and experience I've picked up during my 20-plus years in the game."

Vaas, who picked up 355 wickets in Tests and 400 in ODIs, was New Zealand's bowling consultant on a short-term basis in 2012, and served as Sri Lanka's bowling coach from February 2013 to April 2015. "It's great to have Chaminda with us through the build-up as well as during the T20 World Cup," said John Bracewell, Ireland's head coach. "I have long been an admirer of his skills and like all the Sri Lankan cricketers of his era he was a great problem-solver.

"His ability to get wickets in all forms of the game especially on the sub-continent was extraordinary. This experience will be invaluable to our bowling group."

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  •   Khaista Jene on January 22, 2016, 15:36 GMT

    Yeah this coach is very brilliant this bowler is good

  • Chris_P on January 22, 2016, 4:25 GMT

    I have said it before but bears repeating. At least he knows he will be paid for his time.

  •   Lahiru Dilshan Fonseka on January 22, 2016, 3:32 GMT

    He is a good player. But not a good coach. SL made a mistake of using him as a bowling coach.

  • DilumSL on January 22, 2016, 3:03 GMT

    SL made a mistake by let Vaasy go. One of the best seamer with lot of experience. He has done well in subcontinent pitches and he knows how use line and length in those pitches. Hope he will make a lot of progress with Irish team. Wishing him good luck

  • virendra_s on January 21, 2016, 14:50 GMT

    Ireland always seem to invest wisely. They also hired McDermott in similar role in the past.They're managed better than few full members. Kudos to Warren Duetrom!

  • armchair_critic007 on January 21, 2016, 13:58 GMT

    Good luck team Ireland and good choice

  • CricketChat on January 21, 2016, 13:36 GMT

    Very good pick by Ireland. Vaas knows as well as anyone about the conditions and pitches in Ind. I think he played in the first 3 editions of IPL.

  • Lakpj on January 21, 2016, 13:19 GMT

    SL made a blunder since they let go Vaas as their bowling coach before the WC. since then fast bowling has gone terribly wrong. SL have fast bowling talent more than ever before. Prasad, Eranga, Pradeep, Chameera and few others like Lakmal, Vishwa as backup. but they need someone to guide them and correct whatever mistakes they make. i can remember him helping out Boult and southee in 2012. ever since both those bowlers have looked totally different and effective.

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