Sri Lanka news January 29, 2013

Vaas, Murali lined up for SL coaching roles


Sri Lanka Cricket is considering Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas for spin and fast bowling coaching positions respectively, SLC chief executive Ajit Jayasekara said. Neither have undergone formal coaching training but are the nation's highest wicket-takers in Tests and ODIs by a distance.

Jayasekara said SLC were not working to a concrete time frame on the potential appointments but discussions between the parties had been encouraging. Their prospective roles were yet to be clearly defined but Jayasekara said both men would likely work closely with the national team, though they might be asked to share their expertise beyond the national set-up.

"They are two of our best products, and have had huge success all over the world," he said. "We are looking to tap that knowledge and make use of it for the betterment of cricket in Sri Lanka. The fact that they don't have coaching qualifications isn't a big issue when you consider how much they have to offer."

Vaas was recently employed by the visiting New Zealand side in a temporary coaching role, and had positive feedback from both the players and coaching staff he worked with on the tour. New Zealand's fast bowlers had a highly successful tour of Sri Lanka, especially notable for the quality of swing and seam movement they produced, which had been a hallmark of Vaas' own bowling.

Vaas, who was playing county cricket as recently as July 2012, said he was enthusiastic about taking a coaching role in Sri Lanka. "I have finished my discussions with the board and they will come back to me with a decision," he said.

Muralitharan is the most successful bowler in the history of the game, leading both the Test and ODI wicket-takers lists, with 800 and 534 scalps respectively. He continues to play in domestic Twenty20 leagues, having just wrapped up a season with the Melbourne Renegades in January.

If Murali and Vaas come on board with SLC, their appointments will be among a raft of changes around the national team within a few months. Their former teammate Sanath Jayasuriya was named chief selector of a new five-member panel on Monday, while Sri Lanka's first Test captain Bandula Warnapura is also expected to become CEO of the board in April.

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

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  • Prasad on January 31, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    Regardless of the current political background of Sanath, i undoubtedly say that he is far the best compared to the guys were there before in the committee. Sanath has all the experience in the world under modern day Cricketing knowledge and the knowledge of the real requirements for the current conditions. If Muralitharan and Vass join, it will be a bonus for SLankan Cricket which will feel that all three combination have not retired yet from the game. If Vass comes, it'll be a great news for young Jayampathi who can be turned as the next Vass for SL. If Murali joins the party, its obvious that whole Lankan spinners will be benefited. I dont see any big issue of not having the training qualification for both them as no body can be matched to both of them for sure. The experience in dealing with all the conditions along with two World cup finals and three world cup finals for Vass and Mrali respectively tell the story!

  • trev on January 30, 2013, 23:48 GMT

    @lukecannon, you're wrong mate. As I said before his strike-rates in both ODI's and T20's are pretty good. This match against bangladesh, I watched it but it was only 1 match and it was quite a long time ago. He can adapt to any situation and that makes him the best for ODI's. You cannot compare Sanga to the likes of Samaraweera who can barely score in an ODI. Out of all the SL batsman, other countries fear him the most when he walks out onto the field. When I talk about him being SL's backbone I am not only talking about it in reference to Tests, but just as much in the ODI format. In this current era of SL cricket, he and Mahela are SL's backbone in ODI's and will continue to be until they retire. He maybe 35, but I am pretty sure that everyone else who commented on this page will agree with me when I say getting rid of Sanga in the ODI format is suicide. Please realise that Sanga is the greatest batsman in SL and am sure, deep down Jayasuria knows that as well.

  • Prashan on January 30, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    @CricketMaan, I fully agree but hope Vaas and Murali will help us. If NZ cashed in on Vaas's expertise 2 months ago, we should indeed.

  • buddhika on January 30, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    How nice it would be when Vass for FB, Murali for SB,Marwan for batting,Sanath as the CS,Bandula as the CEO and Arjuna as the chairman of the board...

  • Jonathan on January 30, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    That makes it more than half of the "96 Dream Team".. Hashan, Pramodya, Atapattu (who then was 12th man), Jayasuriya, Vaas and Murali. Exactly what SL needed, a 'been there - done that' kind of set-up.. Unbelievable in a sense ! Great road ahead boys, great road ahead... cant wait for Dilshan Munaweera and Angelo Perera to enter this mix of new generation players

  • Neranjan on January 30, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    May be it's a good move may be not. All the guys are jumping up and down hearing that Murali and Vass will be appointed as coaches in SL team. One little aspect need to be mentioned that although they are the greatest bowlers produced by sri lanka, they may not be the best coaches that we have.. Coaching is a art, not every one is a good teacher itself, let them follow some teaching coaches and first get some experience under there belt, then consider them for the job. Do not change things just for the sake of changing things. That's what SL board has done in the past, just to show off things are moving forward. Also need to access the role done by the former coaching staff, (Champika Ramanayaka and Ruwan Kalpage) , You need to look at what they were given at the start, we did not had world class bowlers, but they made them bowel a good line and length so the other teams could not score quickly, for me I would say Ramanayaka and Kalpage has done a wonderful job.

  • Vihanga on January 30, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    @trav696- Yeah maybe in tests. Not for the shorter format. He wastes too many deliveries. Its his area of stength, defence. That is very valuable in tests but not for the shorter format. SL's backbone in batting department for ODIs was De silva, Atapattu , Jayasuriya and Mahela. Dont forget you are talking about a guy who took 148 deliveries to score 48 runs against Bangladesh putting everybody under tremendous pressure chasing a mediocre target of 190 or so and had to go far as Murali to produce the knock that required to win. Murali scored an unbeaten 32 if my memory serves right. I dont see any difference between this Sangakkara and that one. He should have only played tests after the WC like Samaraweera. Now he's going to be kicked out. Jayasuriya must do the honours. I v been waiting for this.

  • trev on January 30, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    @lukecannon mate, Sangakarra is SL's backbone when it comes to batting in basically all formats... He pulls us out of tight situations in ODI's like if we are 3 or 4 down in only a few overs, steadies the innings and goes on to accelerate afterwards. He is the best batsman SL has ever produced and his strike-rate in ODI's isn't bad at all at 75.60. Even in T20 his striker-rate is 120.94, so taking him out of the team in the shorter formats is the biggest mistake SL cricket could ever make. Let him retire on his own terms because he won't drag it along, 3 more years in his career tops. Jayasuria should realise all of this. Hope he makes a speedy recovery and is back representing SL in no time!!

  • Lalith on January 30, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    This is the best news I heard from SL cricket administrators recently. Vaas and Murali they r the best in the business. I am now looking forward to see SL new look team. If Sanath can stick to what he said, we can win WC and improve TEST ranking. Lalith - Sydney

  • Sherjil on January 30, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    I am a big fan of both Sanath and Murali and i respect Vass alot.I hope SL cricket prosper with these three big-wigs in the scheme of things. Why alone WI, I think, all cricketing nations should follow this trend.