New Zealand in Sri Lanka 2012-13 October 26, 2012

Vaas to assist NZ bowlers during SL Tests

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New Zealand has taken on Chaminda Vaas as their assistant bowling coach for the two-match Test series in Sri Lanka. He will assist Shane Bond, who was appointed bowling coach last week, for the last part of their five-week tour, which begins with the one-off Twenty20 international on October 30.

"We wanted someone with experience in the subcontinent to work with our young bowlers. [Chaminda] Vaas will work alongside bowling coach Shane Bond during the Tests," New Zealand coach Mike Hesson told reporters in Colombo on Friday. "Vaas' extensive playing experience in local conditions will provide valuable input, as we plan and prepare for the Test series. An important part of his brief will be to provide tactical advice to the bowling unit, especially our contingent of left-arm seamers.

"In terms of professional development, it's a great opportunity for Shane Bond to work alongside a different style of coach and I'm sure he'll benefit from the experience."

Vaas, Sri Lanka's second-highest wicket-taker in Tests and ODIs, said he was eager to work with the likes of Doug Bracewell, Chris Martin and Tim Southee, and the left-arm trio - Trent Boult, James Franklin and Neil Wagner.

"I am pleased to have the chance to work with an international team, particularly a side like New Zealand [which has] such a large number of talented young fast bowlers," he said. "I feel my recent experience as a player and understanding of conditions in the subcontinent will benefit the team."

Ahead of their last full tour of Sri Lanka in 2009, New Zealand hired former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq as a consultant, to help their spin bowlers as well as advise the batsmen on how to play spin in the subcontinent, a trend that Hesson, the new man in charge, has followed.

"When we tour a number of countries, we try to access specialists," Hesson said. "When we play in the subcontinent the conditions are very foreign, so we need to learn. We try to take every opportunity that we can. We are very open to get people on short term basis and hopefully it will work."

Following the one-off T20 and the five-match ODI series, the Test series begins in Galle on November 17.

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  • on October 29, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan, I am sad that SLC never took the experience of Vaas to teach our budding fast bowlers. But I'm happy that NZ board understands the value of this man.

  • on October 29, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    SC Ganguly* c Jayasuriya b Vaas 3 13 0 0 23.07 SR Tendulkar c & b Vaas 5 11 0 0 45.45 Yuvraj Singh c Sangakkara b Vaas 3 8 0 0 37.50 VG Kambli c Jayasuriya b Vaas 3 15 0 0 20.00 HK Badani c Arnold b Zoysa 9 17 1 0 52.94 RR Singh b Muralitharan 11 38 1 0 28.94 V Dahiya† b Muralitharan 4 14 0 0 28.57 SB Joshi run out (Sangakkara) 4 11 1 0 36.36 AB Agarkar b Muralitharan 2 10 0 0 20.00 Z Khan c †Kaluwitharana b Vaas 1 14 0 0 7.14 BKV Prasad not out 3 10 0 0 30.00 Extras (lb 2, w 2, nb 2) 6

    Total (all out; 26.3 overs) 54 (2.03 runs per over) Fall of wickets 1-8 (Ganguly, 2.6 ov), 2-10 (Tendulkar, 4.2 ov), 3-15 (Yuvraj Singh, 6.5 ov), 4-19 (Kambli, 8.2 ov), 5-30 (Badani, 11.5 ov), 6-39 (Dahiya, 17.3 ov), 7-44 (Singh, 19.4 ov), 8-49 (Joshi, 21.3 ov), 9-50 (Agarkar, 23.1 ov), 10-54 (Khan, 26.3 ov) Bowling O M R W Econ WPUJC Vaas 9.3 1 14 5 1.47 DNT Zoysa 7 0 21 1 3.00 (2nb, 2w) K Weeraratne 4 0 11 0 2.75 M Muralitharan 6 3 6 3 1.00

  • on October 29, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    @ Indianpunjabi : Shewag ended Vaas's career ? Is it April 1st today? Seriously is that the type of sports news they spread all over India? It was the SL Cricket board which ended his career 'coz they felt there are too many fastbowlers in SL squad ! But we all know that Sanath Jayasuriya ended V. Prasad's career & Saeed Anwar ended Abey Kuruvilla's career !

  • on October 29, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    Vaas is one of the best bowlers ever and these silly Indians are talking nonsence.Sehwag is just a slogger and Vaas got the better of him many times.Sachin was his bunny for years.Indian flat track bullies have been once bowled out for 50 odd in an ODI by Murali and Vaas combo.SL scored 299 in same pitch).Its Sanath who ended careers of countless indian bowlers like V.Prasad , Jawagal Shreenath , Manoj Praba and RP Sing !

  • bharath74 on October 28, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    Vaas was superb in his days, SL underutilized him.

  • timtom on October 28, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Vaas is one of the greatest sub continent bowlers who was always given a shabby treatment by SL BOARD, Mahela and Sanga. He was pushed into retirement by these people. He still looks good enough to bowl at top level. good news that NZ will use his services which has lot of left arm seamers. He has also come across as a gentleman on and off the field with no controversies. Good luck VAAS ... SL don't know what they have missed....

  • irfanamir on October 28, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    @Indianpunjabi dude Vaas was just an ordinary bowler? are you serious? i think is the second all time best bowler in sri lanka has ever produced and i think its an unfortunate we didnt get his services. no one ended his carrier and dude new zealanders are not idiots they know about cricket. thats the reason why they went for chaminda rather than going for an indian bowler. chaminda is known for taking wickets in the first over tell me one indian bowler who know for that. you cant compare vaas with others cos he is one of a kind.

  • sonu77 on October 28, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    @Indianpunjabi , not sure about that but we all know Jayasuriya ended 2 premier indian bowler's career in late 90's.(manoj prabhakar & venkatesh prasad)

  • Cricket_Fan_And_Analyst on October 28, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    This kiwi team will surprise Sri Lankans and will certainly not lose the series. Only threat they have is Mendis if he is playing and to an extent the left arm spinner who has started bowling better straight one's and carrom ball.

  • Indianpunjabi on October 27, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    Sehwag Ended Vass's Carrier...Vaas was just an ordinary bowler he failed miserably in Aus,SA and India which is why lanka didnt win any test there

  • on October 29, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan, I am sad that SLC never took the experience of Vaas to teach our budding fast bowlers. But I'm happy that NZ board understands the value of this man.

  • on October 29, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    SC Ganguly* c Jayasuriya b Vaas 3 13 0 0 23.07 SR Tendulkar c & b Vaas 5 11 0 0 45.45 Yuvraj Singh c Sangakkara b Vaas 3 8 0 0 37.50 VG Kambli c Jayasuriya b Vaas 3 15 0 0 20.00 HK Badani c Arnold b Zoysa 9 17 1 0 52.94 RR Singh b Muralitharan 11 38 1 0 28.94 V Dahiya† b Muralitharan 4 14 0 0 28.57 SB Joshi run out (Sangakkara) 4 11 1 0 36.36 AB Agarkar b Muralitharan 2 10 0 0 20.00 Z Khan c †Kaluwitharana b Vaas 1 14 0 0 7.14 BKV Prasad not out 3 10 0 0 30.00 Extras (lb 2, w 2, nb 2) 6

    Total (all out; 26.3 overs) 54 (2.03 runs per over) Fall of wickets 1-8 (Ganguly, 2.6 ov), 2-10 (Tendulkar, 4.2 ov), 3-15 (Yuvraj Singh, 6.5 ov), 4-19 (Kambli, 8.2 ov), 5-30 (Badani, 11.5 ov), 6-39 (Dahiya, 17.3 ov), 7-44 (Singh, 19.4 ov), 8-49 (Joshi, 21.3 ov), 9-50 (Agarkar, 23.1 ov), 10-54 (Khan, 26.3 ov) Bowling O M R W Econ WPUJC Vaas 9.3 1 14 5 1.47 DNT Zoysa 7 0 21 1 3.00 (2nb, 2w) K Weeraratne 4 0 11 0 2.75 M Muralitharan 6 3 6 3 1.00

  • on October 29, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    @ Indianpunjabi : Shewag ended Vaas's career ? Is it April 1st today? Seriously is that the type of sports news they spread all over India? It was the SL Cricket board which ended his career 'coz they felt there are too many fastbowlers in SL squad ! But we all know that Sanath Jayasuriya ended V. Prasad's career & Saeed Anwar ended Abey Kuruvilla's career !

  • on October 29, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    Vaas is one of the best bowlers ever and these silly Indians are talking nonsence.Sehwag is just a slogger and Vaas got the better of him many times.Sachin was his bunny for years.Indian flat track bullies have been once bowled out for 50 odd in an ODI by Murali and Vaas combo.SL scored 299 in same pitch).Its Sanath who ended careers of countless indian bowlers like V.Prasad , Jawagal Shreenath , Manoj Praba and RP Sing !

  • bharath74 on October 28, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    Vaas was superb in his days, SL underutilized him.

  • timtom on October 28, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Vaas is one of the greatest sub continent bowlers who was always given a shabby treatment by SL BOARD, Mahela and Sanga. He was pushed into retirement by these people. He still looks good enough to bowl at top level. good news that NZ will use his services which has lot of left arm seamers. He has also come across as a gentleman on and off the field with no controversies. Good luck VAAS ... SL don't know what they have missed....

  • irfanamir on October 28, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    @Indianpunjabi dude Vaas was just an ordinary bowler? are you serious? i think is the second all time best bowler in sri lanka has ever produced and i think its an unfortunate we didnt get his services. no one ended his carrier and dude new zealanders are not idiots they know about cricket. thats the reason why they went for chaminda rather than going for an indian bowler. chaminda is known for taking wickets in the first over tell me one indian bowler who know for that. you cant compare vaas with others cos he is one of a kind.

  • sonu77 on October 28, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    @Indianpunjabi , not sure about that but we all know Jayasuriya ended 2 premier indian bowler's career in late 90's.(manoj prabhakar & venkatesh prasad)

  • Cricket_Fan_And_Analyst on October 28, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    This kiwi team will surprise Sri Lankans and will certainly not lose the series. Only threat they have is Mendis if he is playing and to an extent the left arm spinner who has started bowling better straight one's and carrom ball.

  • Indianpunjabi on October 27, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    Sehwag Ended Vass's Carrier...Vaas was just an ordinary bowler he failed miserably in Aus,SA and India which is why lanka didnt win any test there

  • ----LoveTheWayLionsPlay--- on October 27, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    @ Eat_sleep_play_cricket : watch this.. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/65900.html this ordinary bowler's perfomance against ur so called mighty indian batting lineup & this happened after the 1999 wc.& how many times he got the wickets of ur god & dada?

  • ovzdatta151 on October 27, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Really a master stroke from NZ Administration..

  • on October 27, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    @ Eat_sleep_play_cricket, I think U have not seen in Bowling to Mainly Sachin & Ganguly, Please check the wickets an then comment in this place.

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on October 27, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    @SL fans! who are living in the past glory. Vaas had an amazing career under the leadership of Ranatunga. Likes of Arvinda, Murali and Jayasurya's gave Vaas the confidence in bowling. He had a great career until 1999 worldcup when Ganguly and Dravid (Yeah Dravid) took him apart. His confidence, skill and willing to fight was put to an end by none other than TEAM INDIA. His figures in the match 10-0-84-1 avg of 8.4. We all know what Srilanka cricket board did with him after 1999 worldcup. For fans who still believe in Vaas here is a link for you to cherish your past memory http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/65213.html

  • on October 27, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    Hi, i wish the sri lankan c.board will treat great players better in future,since other countrys like NZ is treating mr vaas so great, they know the valu of this great gent. god is always great.

  • on October 27, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    don't you know the value of our own.... SLC boardguys..sorry :0(

  • on October 27, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    congratulations for vaas, but worning for the SLC to protect their own masters for serve their mother land

  • Cric_lover1234 on October 27, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    @eat sleep play n **uk cricket: true, he is not better than wasim,waqar, or mcgrath or pollock or people in that good in that era....but he is far far better than every indian fast bowler........

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on October 27, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    bowl full and straight . dats it . continuously hiring various specialists is just goin to clobber the kiwis' minds. and as ian chappell says if you cant work things out yourself you are not a worthy international player

  • MelbourneMiracle on October 27, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    We've seen and heard enough of Champaka Ramanayake...SLC wake up! Please bring in Vaas as SL's bowling coach before the things get worse.

  • on October 27, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    Vass, a bowler who out foxed the batsman bowling at 125-130 Kph for more than a decade, there's gotta be lot to learn from a bowler like that

  • on October 27, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    C'mon Vaas, teach Mahela a lesson, show them what you can do

  • on October 27, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    vass the best seam bowler sri lanka has ever produced !! congrats vassy :)

  • Garretjacks on October 27, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    Im Sri Lankan and im soooo glad for Vaas. This is just brilliant news and I want him to continue coaching. We want to see our old legends back in action by atleast coaching. SLC are morons for not taking his assistance, and New zealend cricket board are just smart. All the best for you Vaas we are all proud of you!

  • KingOwl on October 27, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    Lot of people seem to think of this hiring as some kind of blow to SL cricket; and that somehow Vaas is 'lost' to SL cricket. On the contrary, this shows respect for SL cricket from other countries. SL is now developing top class professionals who are sought by others. That's great.

  • shortsillypoint on October 27, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    Can he take Oram's place... please? And that other fellow.. Murali?

  • veerakannadiga on October 27, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    SL's loss. NZ's gain. Feel for Vaas. One of the best swing bowlers world cricket has seen.from a loyal Dravid fan.

  • Rici737 on October 27, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS TO Mr. VAAS. Wish you very good luck and lots of success. One of the greatest bowlers I have ever seen with respect and gentlemanly-attitude on and off the pitch. Regrettably born in the wrong land and played for a nation with no respect for talented. Vaas never survived disputation or suspicious illegal bowling action. Arguably ""legally best bowler"" Sri Lanka had ever produced without controversy.

  • kensohatter on October 27, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    Well done to the New Zealand board. Vaas not only provides valuable insight for the upcoming test series against sri lanka but will help develop a good crop of fast bowlers. If only we could convince Vaas to come work with Australia next.

  • ----LoveTheWayLionsPlay--- on October 27, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    @ Eat_sleep_play_cricket :but he is a way better bowler than India's pace spearhead.I still remember Zaheer's high quality depth bowling in world cup finals.(both 2003 & 2011) lol :)3 overs for 53 runs in 2011 final.these are the true over rated bowlers.

  • Balumekka on October 27, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    @Eat_sleep_play_cricket: Yes I think instead of Vaas, they should have consulted bits and pieces bowlers like Venkatesh Prasad or even ZAK!

  • SanSL5 on October 27, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    Eat_sleep_play_cricket if you really ate slept and played cricket you would know sub continent pitches give very little to assistance to seam bowlers. except for the first session of the first day you rarely get any significant seam movement! Vaas rarely got opportunities abroad because other teams didn't consider SL a threat though we won the WC in 1996.

  • on October 27, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    Chaminda Vaas - a true gentleman and one of the greatest servants of Sri Lanka cricket. Its sad that you were not used more and recognized at home. Go Vasie....the world is out there and you can do so much for the game of cricket.

  • Widuror on October 27, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    come on vaas show to world who you are and make sri lanka proud

  • on October 27, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    I'm very much delighted over the opportunity of handy player Vaas. Though SLC couldn't find the values of Vaas, NZ has been so brainy to choose such an excellant and talented cricketer as their Asst. Coach. Good LucK!!!! Vaasi, at least you can share your talents with Kiwis. All the very best to my favourite Vaasiiii.

  • on October 27, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    good lesson for SLC board.

  • Narbavi on October 27, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    @Khan Shahib Tahsin: I wouldn't count on that, newzealand's young seam attack is pretty effective!!

  • on October 27, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    What is holding SLC back in appointing Chaminda Vaas as the bowling coach of SL? He is streets ahead of Champaka Ramanayake as a player and I am sure he is capable of imparting his knowledge as a coach as well.

    At the same time SLC must explain the reasons behind step motherly treatment meted out to him during last 3-4 years.

  • ashangamage on October 27, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    Good Luck Vaasyy... Sri Lanka Still Have chance.please Bring Him as our B Coach .any Way he can become better than anyone in coaching .good luck him and team who pick him as coach...

  • on October 27, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    Good Luck Vass! Do it well! It is sad to see this but u were treated very badly by SLC and you should have been our bowling coach... Good Luck buddy!

  • SLMaster on October 27, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    That is good. He deserves a better place in cricket.

  • ak_dragon on October 27, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    An useful approach...Kiwi's...:P

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 27, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    @Chris_P: Seriously hahahaha... that was good !!!

  • ham1990 on October 26, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    Finally someone is putting Vaas' talents and experience to good use. He was treated pathetically by the SL board, and now another country will benefit from him. He deserves all the success that he gets, and I'm sure the Kiwi bowlers will be grateful learning so much from him.

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 26, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    Respect to Vaas !! Terrific servant of Sri Lankan cricket.

  • Chris_P on October 26, 2012, 22:30 GMT

    At least he knows he will be getting paid.

  • yorkslanka on October 26, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    Good luck to vaas, it saddens me to see this but considering the way he is treated by our board, I can't blame him. He should have been our bowling coach.. Having met him a few times, I can honestly say he is a true gent and deserves many successes.

  • on October 26, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    I am proud of Vaas as he is one of my favourites and a legenedry cricketer who was ignored by a stupid cricket board...it's rather unfortunate we couldn't recognised our own talent...wish u good luck vassie...this is a request to the SL cricket board...pls take vaas on board before some one else grab him forever...it's time to get rid of Ramanayaks with all due respect!!!!

  • on October 26, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    he can be useful to nz as they have some bowlers who can swing the ball.sri lanka needs to play well against their bowlers. i want chandimal to play well

  • on October 26, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    all this good but kiwis are still at bottom

  • DilumSL on October 26, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    WOW now that's something... Vaas is my favorite pace bowler. As a Sri Lankan I believe that he is the second best bowler that SL has ever produced(Murali comes first). He served the country for 14 years and yet he didn't get the recognition that he deserved. It's sad that now he is in our opposite team. But anyway wishing him good luck!!!

  • on October 26, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    Wow!!! Bond and Vaas together!! Glad to see NZ cricket serious about their future!

  • on October 26, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    It's a good initiative by the New Zealand management but they will lose 2-0, anyway.

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on October 26, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Cricket NZ could find only Vaas to learn subcontinent bowling? LOL! A totally over rated bowler who was taken apart by several Batsmen in Sub Continent itself. Even SL cricket did not consider him in his later half of the cricketing career. Bowling avg in Tests against India : 44.76 and Pak: 37.06. He has a better avg against Older West Indies, Bangladesh , Zimbabwe cricket teams. I'm sure i will miss the quality of Tim Southee's death overs in future. God bless NZ Cricket.

  • on October 26, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    A legendary bowler to assist an average bowler

  • xylo on October 26, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    IMHO, Vaas and Bond could still be playing as players themselves :-)

  • on October 26, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    thats gud..Vaas is a left hander and Zealanders has a lot of left armers....they will get good assistance

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  • on October 26, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    thats gud..Vaas is a left hander and Zealanders has a lot of left armers....they will get good assistance

  • xylo on October 26, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    IMHO, Vaas and Bond could still be playing as players themselves :-)

  • on October 26, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    A legendary bowler to assist an average bowler

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on October 26, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Cricket NZ could find only Vaas to learn subcontinent bowling? LOL! A totally over rated bowler who was taken apart by several Batsmen in Sub Continent itself. Even SL cricket did not consider him in his later half of the cricketing career. Bowling avg in Tests against India : 44.76 and Pak: 37.06. He has a better avg against Older West Indies, Bangladesh , Zimbabwe cricket teams. I'm sure i will miss the quality of Tim Southee's death overs in future. God bless NZ Cricket.

  • on October 26, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    It's a good initiative by the New Zealand management but they will lose 2-0, anyway.

  • on October 26, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    Wow!!! Bond and Vaas together!! Glad to see NZ cricket serious about their future!

  • DilumSL on October 26, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    WOW now that's something... Vaas is my favorite pace bowler. As a Sri Lankan I believe that he is the second best bowler that SL has ever produced(Murali comes first). He served the country for 14 years and yet he didn't get the recognition that he deserved. It's sad that now he is in our opposite team. But anyway wishing him good luck!!!

  • on October 26, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    all this good but kiwis are still at bottom

  • on October 26, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    he can be useful to nz as they have some bowlers who can swing the ball.sri lanka needs to play well against their bowlers. i want chandimal to play well

  • on October 26, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    I am proud of Vaas as he is one of my favourites and a legenedry cricketer who was ignored by a stupid cricket board...it's rather unfortunate we couldn't recognised our own talent...wish u good luck vassie...this is a request to the SL cricket board...pls take vaas on board before some one else grab him forever...it's time to get rid of Ramanayaks with all due respect!!!!