Colombo [Sri Lanka]February 22 (ANI): Former Sri Lankan Pacer Chaminda Vaas decided on Monday to step down as a bowling advisor in Sri Lanka. Vaas has also announced that he will not be available as a member of the support staff for a tour of the West Indies.
The resignation came hours before the team was due to leave for the West Indies. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has said Vaas’ resignation was due to a personal cash win.
“It is especially disheartening to note that in an economic climate like the one now prevailing around the world, Vaas took this sudden and irresponsible move on the eve of the team’s departure based on personal cash gain,” SLC said in an official Statement.
“The management of SLC, and indeed the nation as a whole, appreciate Vaas as a cricketer who excelled for his country. His years of service have been recognized and rewarded over the years in terms of both status and in-kind achievement. In such circumstances, it is extremely disheartening that a legend like Chaminda Vaas has resorted to ransoming the administration, cricketers and the game by submitting his resignation at the eleventh hour, “she added.
The SLC also said Vaas stepped down, citing the government’s refusal to comply with an unjustified request for increased USD pay.
Last week, Vaas was named as the fast bowling coach of Sri Lanka for the upcoming tour of the West Indies.
During his illustrious career for Sri Lanka, Vaas took 355 test wickets from 111 games and 400 ODI wickets from 322 games.
Sri Lanka will tour the West Indies starting March 3rd to play the all-format series. The Sri Lankan team will leave for the Caribbean on Tuesday. During the tour, Sri Lanka will play three T20Is, three ODIs and two test matches in Antigua from March 3rd to April 2nd in a bio-safe environment.
The three T20I games will be played on March 3rd, 5th and 7th at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua, while the ODI series will be played on March 10th, 12th and 14th at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium in Antigua .
The first test game starts on March 21st and the second test starts on March 29th. (ANI)
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