Chaminda Vaas resigns his Sri Lankan fast bowling coach role

Former Sri Lankan cricketer Chaminda Vaas stepped down as the fast bowling coach of the Sri Lankan Cricket team ahead of the Caribbean tour.

Sri Lanka are gearing up for the upcoming tour against West Indies. There Sri Lanka will play three T20Is, three ODIs, and two Tests. The national team is about to depart for Antigua tonight with the 20-members squad.

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Earlier on the day, Sri Lankan fast bowler Lahiru Kumara was tested positive for COVID-19 just hours before the departure. More shocking news coming from the Sri Lanka Cricket, as their fast bowling coach Chaminda Vaas stepped down from the role and he will not be traveling to West Indies as support staff.

SLC wishes to inform that former Sri Lanka Cricketer and Consultant Bowling Coach of Sri Lanka Cricket, Chaminda Vaas today (22nd February) announced his resignation from his post effective 26th March 2021, and also informed that he will not be available to tour West Indies as a member of the Support Staff,” SLC announced in an official statement.

The appointment was made as a result of the resignation from former Sri Lankan fast bowling coach David Saker. David Saker wasn’t with the team who are training for the Caribbean tour for the last few days. It is said that David Saker left the role due to personal reasons.

Now just hours before departure to West Indies, Chaminda Vaas handed over the shocking resignation. Chaminda Vaas was given the official appointment just three days before his resignation. It is understood there is some conflict of terms between the former cricketer and SLC regarding the remuneration.

Vaas’s resignation comes hours before the team was scheduled to depart for West Indies, which is scheduled for tonight. It is particularly disheartening to note that in an economic climate such as the one facing the entire globe right now, Mr. Vaas has made this sudden and irresponsible move on the eve of the team’s departure, based on personal monetary gain.

The Management of SLC, and indeed the entire nation, hold Mr. Vaas in high esteem as a cricketer who has excelled for his country. His years of yeoman service have been appreciated and rewarded over the years both in status and in kind.

In such circumstances, it is extremely disheartening that a legend such as Chaminda Vaas has resorted to holding the administration, the cricketers, and indeed the game at ransom, by handing in his resignation at the eleventh hour, citing the administration’s refusal to accede to an unjustifiable demand for an increased USD remuneration, in spite of being a contracted employee of Sri Lanka Cricket, already receiving remuneration that is in keeping with his experience, qualifications, and expertise, in addition to which he would have been entitled to the usual USD per diems offered to all members of a traveling squad,” the statement from SLC read.




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