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Chaminda Vaas not Bangladesh's new bowling coach


Though there was no official statement from the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) regarding the matter, rumors were wandering around within the cricket fraternity of the country that Sri Lanka’s legendary paceman Chaminda Vaas would become Bangladesh national cricket team’s new pace bowling coach to fill in the post that became vacant since Zimbabwe’s Heath Streak’s resignation earlier this year. But now it’s quite clear that Vaas is not going to be Streak’s successor, as he has recently been roped in for another commitment, that too in his own country. [Read in Bangla: বাংলাদেশের দায়িত্ব নেয়া হচ্ছে না ভাসের]

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The former Sri Lanka seamer has been appointed by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) as its fast bowling consultant on Wednesday (August 10). Aravinda de Silva, chairman of the board’s selection committee, revealed that Vaas was ‘very keen’ to take up the role that will require him to work with young fast bowling talent from around the country rather than the national team with whom he enjoyed a stint as a bowling coach from May 2013 to April 2015.

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De Silva said Vaas, who took a total of 755 wickets in Tests and ODIs before his last appearance for Sri Lanka in 2009, would be in charge of identifying fast bowling talent around the island. “Vaas is keen to take a role, which we feel he will be really good at, to develop some of our young cricketers from grassroot levels,” de Silva said. De Silva was speaking ahead of the third and final Test against Australia, a series which Sri Lanka have already won thanks in large part to spinners Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera.

With the possibility of Vaas’s arrival in Bangladesh virtually over, it’s now to see who is going to become the new pace bowling coach for the Tigers. Among the candidates, Champaka Ramanayake is Sri Lanka’s bowling coach while curently, former South Africa fast bowler Allan Donald is Australia’s interim bowling coach. Former West Indies fast bowler Ottis Gibson could also be the one as he is currently contracted with the ECB as England’s bowling coach. West Indies great Curtley Ambrose is also in the running for this post. Indian pacer Venkatesh Prasad is also among the probables and he is not contracted with any board at the moment.

“The good news is that our search is over. We know who we will take. But unfortunately because of some obligations, we cannot announce his name. We are hoping he will come to Dhaka any time in the last week of this month. But since he is working somewhere, we shouldn’t be making any announcements. Once his contract is over, we will announce it together,” BCB President Nazmul Hasan Papon had said last week.

– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcricteam.com

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