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Chaminda Vaas appointed Sri Lanka's fast bowling coach

Andrew Fidel Fernando

February 20, 2013

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New Zealand assistant bowling coach Chaminda Vaas at the nets, Galle, November 15, 2012
Chaminda Vaas worked with the New Zealand team after his retirement © AFP

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.

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Posted by   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

Posted by   on (February 22, 2013, 5:46 GMT)

ya its good move congrats vass

Posted by 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

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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

Posted by 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...

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