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Sri Lanka Cricket appoint Chaminda Vaas as fast bowling coach for West Indies tour

Former Sri Lanka cricketer Chaminda Vaas has been appointed as the fast bowling coach of the national side ahead of the team’s full-fledged tour of West Indies next month.

Former Sri Lanka fast-bowler Chaminda Vaas. (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • SLC have named former cricketer Chaminda Vaas as the new fast bowling coach
  • Vaas is the current fast bowling coach at the High-Performance Center of the SLC
  • Vaas’s appointment has come a day after former coach David Sekar stepped down

A little less than a week before the Sri Lanka senior men’s team leaves for their white-ball tour of West Indies, the visitors have named former cricketer Chaminda Vaas as the new fast bowling coach of the national side. Vaas’s appointment has come a day after former coach David Saker stepped down from the position.

According to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), 54-year-old Saker, who was appointed as the team’s fast bowling coach in December 2019, had cited “personal reasons” for stepping down from the role with immediate effect. On the Australian’s sudden exit, SLC went ahead with appointing Vaas for the vacant position.

“Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce the appointment of Chaminda Vass as the National Team’s Fast Bowling Coach for the Tour of West Indies. His appointment comes following the resignation of David Sekar, who was the National Fast Bowling Coach,” the board said in a media release.

The 47-year-old former cricketer is the current fast bowling coach at the High-Performance Center of the SLC board, working with emerging and national team players. During his international career spanning 14 years, Vaas claimed as many as 355 test wickets of 111 matches in Sri Lankan whites and also represented the team in 322 ODI matches bagging 400 wickets in the 50-over format.

The Sri Lanka squad are set to leave for West Indies next week, on Tuesday (February 23). The teams will be involved in two Tests, three one-day internationals and as many T20Is.

The tour will go ahead after it was postponed by over a week as a result of Sri Lanka’s head coach Mickey Arthur and opening batsman Lahiru Thirimanne contracting the coronavirus earlier in February. The pair has now recovered and will be joining the rest of the squad leaving for West Indies on Tuesday.

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