Sri Lanka news February 20, 2013

Chaminda Vaas appointed Sri Lanka's fast bowling coach

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Sri Lanka Cricket has appointed Chaminda Vaas as national fast bowling coach for two years, after weeks of negotiations with the former left-arm fast bowler. Muttiah Muralitharan has also come on board with the Sri Lanka coaching staff in an advisory capacity, and has already been working with the spin bowlers in the side, in the lead up to the upcoming home series against Bangladesh. 



Vaas had expressed an interest in taking the role when SLC approached him in January, but was underwhelmed with the pay the board had offered him. The parties eventually reached an agreement late on Wednesday evening.

"We concluded successful negotiations with Vaas, where we discussed things like pay and his role in the coaching unit," SLC chief executive Ajit Jayasekara said. "He will be the head fast bowling coach, with the present coaches Champaka Ramanayake and Anusha Samaranayake working under him. He has taken so many wickets for Sri Lanka, and we are very happy to have concluded our talks to get him into the job. Vaas will also oversee the country's pace bowling academies."

SLC had hoped to sign Muralitharan as a full-time coach as well, but as he still plays in various domestic Twenty20 leagues, he could not commit to that position. Muralitharan is the most successful bowler in the history of the game, leading the Test and ODI wicket-takers lists, with 800 and 534 scalps respectively. Vaas is Sri Lanka's most successful fast bowler, with 355 Test wickets and 400 ODI wickets. 


In addition to the coaching appointments, SLC also appointed Michael de Zoysa as the new team manager for one year, filling the position vacated by Charith Senanayake, whose deteriorating relationship with the board in recent weeks led to his replacement and resignation. De Zoysa has been involved in cricket administration with Sri Lanka's premier clubs, most notably Sinhalese Sports Club, has been a radio and TV commentator, and was also a tea industry executive.

This latest round of appointments came amid a slew of personnel changes at SLC, who also appointed two new captains and a new selection panel in the last month. A new cief executive will also come on board in April, and the positions of president, secretary and treasurer will be contested in the SLC elections late in March.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • on February 21, 2013, 2:56 GMT

    Vassy is a fabulous bowler and it would be a great investment for the Lankans. But we have to remember the great work Champaka and Anusha, of course along with Rumesh Ratnayake did. They were the reason a side which did not have 2 two fast bowlers who could share the new ball now has one of the best in the world along with 10,15 young quicks coming through. From Malinga, Kulasekara to Shaminda, Champaka was the man who found that talent and brought it into the team. Hopefully Vassy can do the same in identifying greats at the grass root level. Nurturing talent is one thing, but identifying talent is very important to give them the right opportunity. It is going to be a challenge for him for sure. But for now, it looks SL cricket is in the right path. It would be great if it stays that way.

  • Chris_P on February 21, 2013, 0:35 GMT

    Good luck to him as he had performed well with touring teams.I read the feedback of the Kiwis was very positive. I still think NSW has got the best Sri Lankan coach in Chandika Hathurusingha who has done a lot of good work with our quick bowlers over the past few years. He has overseen the development of Cummins, Starc, Copeland, Hazelwood, Sandhu to name just a few & there are plenty of outstanding young quick bowlers in the 16 to 17 age category who will burst onto the scene big time in a few years.

  • on February 22, 2013, 23:23 GMT

    Vas is no doubt the best fast bowler Sri Lanka has ever produced... But Champaka Ramanayake has been one of the best coaches of fast bowling.. .We must never neglect his services

  • on February 22, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    ya its good move congrats vass

  • Tweety20 on February 22, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    So great to see legends of SL cricket come together to develop the game for the betterment of the islands' cricket.Hope this trend continues without any obstructions,then for sure we will see their fruits soon.Eagerly awaiting to see the results.JAYA SRI

  • on February 21, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    great news! Come on Vaas show your class. We need to bring in our best players/coaches to show the new gen what it means to put on the sri lankan shirt on . Bring in Chandika, Aravinda and other greats who know a thing or 2 about cricket and get them to gel a new team to take us forward and win worl cups/ other tournaments and be feared at home.

  • Dhushan on February 21, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Finally we are using the legends of the game to help the youngsters. There's no doubting Vaas's or Murali's talent & wealth of knowledge. Hopefully the politicians will stay out of the management & let them do what they know best. Play/teach cricket to win. Looking forward to good times for the Sri Lankan cricket team. Cheers

  • on February 21, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    It good to see SLC come with Vass away from mediocre coaches. Obviously @ K A Pathirana has not seen recently concluded Australian test series where our fast bowlers struggle day in and day out. Vass should have given new set of coaches or old coaches should have removed normal practice in SL old guys will sway, preventing good by new talented coach.

  • on February 21, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    Vass the class act, will ensure a bright future in SL cricket. at last seems to be SLC taking correct steps to harnest the future SRi Lankan Cricketers.. wish you all the best in your new post Vassy.., 2015WC here we come. Roaarrrrrrrrrrrr

  • yorkslanka on February 21, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Great move by the new panel ...Vaas an Murali bring huge amounts of experience and success and hopefully they can build our bowling unit... As others have Said we just need hathurasinghe in the fold now...

  • on February 21, 2013, 2:56 GMT

    Vassy is a fabulous bowler and it would be a great investment for the Lankans. But we have to remember the great work Champaka and Anusha, of course along with Rumesh Ratnayake did. They were the reason a side which did not have 2 two fast bowlers who could share the new ball now has one of the best in the world along with 10,15 young quicks coming through. From Malinga, Kulasekara to Shaminda, Champaka was the man who found that talent and brought it into the team. Hopefully Vassy can do the same in identifying greats at the grass root level. Nurturing talent is one thing, but identifying talent is very important to give them the right opportunity. It is going to be a challenge for him for sure. But for now, it looks SL cricket is in the right path. It would be great if it stays that way.

  • Chris_P on February 21, 2013, 0:35 GMT

    Good luck to him as he had performed well with touring teams.I read the feedback of the Kiwis was very positive. I still think NSW has got the best Sri Lankan coach in Chandika Hathurusingha who has done a lot of good work with our quick bowlers over the past few years. He has overseen the development of Cummins, Starc, Copeland, Hazelwood, Sandhu to name just a few & there are plenty of outstanding young quick bowlers in the 16 to 17 age category who will burst onto the scene big time in a few years.

  • on February 22, 2013, 23:23 GMT

    Vas is no doubt the best fast bowler Sri Lanka has ever produced... But Champaka Ramanayake has been one of the best coaches of fast bowling.. .We must never neglect his services

  • on February 22, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    ya its good move congrats vass

  • Tweety20 on February 22, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    So great to see legends of SL cricket come together to develop the game for the betterment of the islands' cricket.Hope this trend continues without any obstructions,then for sure we will see their fruits soon.Eagerly awaiting to see the results.JAYA SRI

  • on February 21, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    great news! Come on Vaas show your class. We need to bring in our best players/coaches to show the new gen what it means to put on the sri lankan shirt on . Bring in Chandika, Aravinda and other greats who know a thing or 2 about cricket and get them to gel a new team to take us forward and win worl cups/ other tournaments and be feared at home.

  • Dhushan on February 21, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Finally we are using the legends of the game to help the youngsters. There's no doubting Vaas's or Murali's talent & wealth of knowledge. Hopefully the politicians will stay out of the management & let them do what they know best. Play/teach cricket to win. Looking forward to good times for the Sri Lankan cricket team. Cheers

  • on February 21, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    It good to see SLC come with Vass away from mediocre coaches. Obviously @ K A Pathirana has not seen recently concluded Australian test series where our fast bowlers struggle day in and day out. Vass should have given new set of coaches or old coaches should have removed normal practice in SL old guys will sway, preventing good by new talented coach.

  • on February 21, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    Vass the class act, will ensure a bright future in SL cricket. at last seems to be SLC taking correct steps to harnest the future SRi Lankan Cricketers.. wish you all the best in your new post Vassy.., 2015WC here we come. Roaarrrrrrrrrrrr

  • yorkslanka on February 21, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Great move by the new panel ...Vaas an Murali bring huge amounts of experience and success and hopefully they can build our bowling unit... As others have Said we just need hathurasinghe in the fold now...

  • on February 21, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    i think its good move by srilankan cricket vass and murali a good combination i wish them good luck them.

  • Udendra on February 21, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    while congratulating Vaasy, must ask SLC whether they have any plans of getting down the BEST sri lankan coach who's coaching NSW in AUS at the moment?

  • on February 21, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    well done mr sanath..vass can do it 4 us again we salut you sir.mr santh doing great job he is thinking cricketr.....every one said santh going to mess but he is doing great job .keep doing sir

  • RyjuDilna on February 21, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    Great news , we should thank Kiwi's for this , SLC never knew his potential but when he was hired by the Kiwis the results was prominent , anyway never too late ... iam sure young fast guns will learn a great deal from him specially his lethal swing ...

  • denwarlo70 on February 21, 2013, 3:20 GMT

    Many months ago when NZ was touring SL and they appointed Vaas as their adviser, they reaped results immediately. Some pundits in SL found fault with Vaas and some congratulated him, it was a mixed feeling. Now that the board has finally decided that Vaas is what we need, I would first like to tanks the NZ team for opening the eyes of the local authorities. It is also nice to hear that the smiling assassin is also on board the band wagon and here's hoping to see our team SRI LANKA thriving under these immediate past greats. ALL THE BEST TEAM SRI LANKA and new authorities..

  • caromball on February 21, 2013, 2:25 GMT

    Congrat both Mr.Vass and SLC Finally it has been done.Now let Vassy to do his job independently.No interventions please.Good Luck Vassy.

  • PadMarley on February 21, 2013, 0:50 GMT

    Does anyone know if there are leadership development support being given to our captains? Or is it simply 'learning by doing' and 'hanging around seniors and learn'?. Cricket is the sport that brings out almost all aspects of Leadership in to real life practice. Reading situations, decision making, strategy, inspiration, role modeling, managing performance, crisis management, coaching, building teams etc etc . I wonder if our captains are sent for high power leadership development programmes. Or If they get coached by Leadership coaches. It will be a worthy investment!

  • on February 21, 2013, 0:12 GMT

    Newton Gamage - Most appropriate comment. Best Wishes to SLC.

  • Desihungama on February 20, 2013, 22:59 GMT

    Good luck Vaas and Sri Lanka from Pak fan. I think it's a great move to get a guy like him in the side as he was known to be a very hard working cricketer in his playing time and hopefully he may instill some of that in younger players.

  • Batmanindallas on February 20, 2013, 22:33 GMT

    All we need is more muralis..thanks

  • miles100 on February 20, 2013, 22:31 GMT

    @KingOwl, What you say does not apply to every single person. If you take wasim Akram, Glen Mcgrath & Imran Khan, they have done a great job in coaching. These were some of the greatest bowlers in the hostory of cricket. Vaas learnt a lot of from Wasim.Wasim always say that he was properly coached and guided by Imran.Therefore as a great bowler who played the game, Vaas has the potential to do a great job in coaching.

  • KingOwl on February 20, 2013, 21:37 GMT

    The greatest players rarely make great coaches. They find it hard to work worth lesser talent. I am less concerned about Vaas. He was a hard working cricketer with above average talent. Murali is a concern though. He was an exceptional talent (one of a kind) and I am not sure that he can train others to bowl the way he used, or anything like him. I think it is good that Murali is only a consultant. Gives more time to see how players respond.

  • on February 20, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    W.P.U.J.C..VAAS.... Appointment of Coach 4 SL Cricket... Thanks Newzeland.

  • SLMaster on February 20, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    I believe with this addition bowling is on a good track. Best wishes... How about batting?? This area also need some remedy. I do not think Marvan alone can solidify the batting. Likes of Aravinda, Sanath, Dias, Micheal Tissera etc. should be involved for aggressive attack and technicality. I also think few captains of the past should be assign to guide the captaincy.

  • on February 20, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    Finally Sport minster and SLC comes to sense. Sri Lanka cricket on track

  • on February 20, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    As a Pakistani, I see this a really good move by Sri Lankan Cricket Board. I Wish Vaas and Team SL very best of luck together!

  • on February 20, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    Excellent work guyzzz!! Happy to hear about this

  • Independencechoice1 on February 20, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    GREAT!!!!All the best vaasi and all new recruits and hope they can tune up current and next generations.Hope Murali also can join the setup permanently soon.Finally vital coaching,selection panel positions with victorious 96 generation.BRAVO

  • Anwar-Lara on February 20, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    Excellent news .. SL cricket going in right direction..

  • Baseball-Sucks on February 20, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Everything seems to be going pretty well. So finally the future of SL Cricket is in good hands. Our Sana boy is also doing a pretty good job as the chief selector by building the team for the next decade. Regarding Vass' appointment, I'd like to thank Kiwis for opening SLC's eyes :)

  • Lakpj on February 20, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    It is good to see that these 2 bowling greats had decided to helpout with SL cricket. NZ used Vaas during the last test series in SL and their were immediate results. In order to be compete oversees on consistent basis SL need a group of good fast bowlers. hope he can serve the team in doing that.

  • SL_Boy on February 20, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Excellent news, looking for bright future … best of the best running Srilankan Cricket.

  • SyedAreYouDumb on February 20, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    They came at the right time for SL. They pounced on the oppurtunity to coach the players against their favourite opposition..... BANGLADESH!

  • SyedAreYouDumb on February 20, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    They came at the right time for SL. They pounced on the oppurtunity to coach the players against their favourite opposition..... BANGLADESH!

  • SL_Boy on February 20, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Excellent news, looking for bright future … best of the best running Srilankan Cricket.

  • Lakpj on February 20, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    It is good to see that these 2 bowling greats had decided to helpout with SL cricket. NZ used Vaas during the last test series in SL and their were immediate results. In order to be compete oversees on consistent basis SL need a group of good fast bowlers. hope he can serve the team in doing that.

  • Baseball-Sucks on February 20, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Everything seems to be going pretty well. So finally the future of SL Cricket is in good hands. Our Sana boy is also doing a pretty good job as the chief selector by building the team for the next decade. Regarding Vass' appointment, I'd like to thank Kiwis for opening SLC's eyes :)

  • Anwar-Lara on February 20, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    Excellent news .. SL cricket going in right direction..

  • Independencechoice1 on February 20, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    GREAT!!!!All the best vaasi and all new recruits and hope they can tune up current and next generations.Hope Murali also can join the setup permanently soon.Finally vital coaching,selection panel positions with victorious 96 generation.BRAVO

  • on February 20, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    Excellent work guyzzz!! Happy to hear about this

  • on February 20, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    As a Pakistani, I see this a really good move by Sri Lankan Cricket Board. I Wish Vaas and Team SL very best of luck together!

  • on February 20, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    Finally Sport minster and SLC comes to sense. Sri Lanka cricket on track

  • SLMaster on February 20, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    I believe with this addition bowling is on a good track. Best wishes... How about batting?? This area also need some remedy. I do not think Marvan alone can solidify the batting. Likes of Aravinda, Sanath, Dias, Micheal Tissera etc. should be involved for aggressive attack and technicality. I also think few captains of the past should be assign to guide the captaincy.