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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
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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.

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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...

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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?

Posted by   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

Posted by 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 ...

Posted by 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..

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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!

Posted by   on (February 21, 2013, 0:12 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by Batmanindallas on (February 20, 2013, 22:33 GMT)

All we need is more muralis..thanks

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 20:22 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

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

Posted by   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!

Posted by   on (February 20, 2013, 16:40 GMT)

Excellent work guyzzz!! Happy to hear about this

Posted by 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

Posted by Anwar-Lara on (February 20, 2013, 15:57 GMT)

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

Posted by 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 :)

Posted by 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.

Posted by SL_Boy on (February 20, 2013, 15:02 GMT)

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

Posted by 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!

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