Vaas to assist Ireland for T20 World cup

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Former Sri Lanka bowler Chaminda Vaas is to help Ireland prepare for the ICC World Twenty20 tournament in India as a consultant bowling coach, Cricket Ireland announced on Thursday.

The 41-year-old will link up with Ireland next month and remain with the squad until the end of the tournament, which runs from March 8 to April 3.

"I'm very excited to be joining the backroom staff of the Ireland team," Vaas said in a Cricket Ireland press release. "There's a lot of talent and experience in the squad which I'm confident I can add to."

Left-armer Vaas took a total of 755 wickets in his 111 Tests and 322 one-day internationals and boasts the best figures by any bowler in limited-overs internationals -- 8-19 against Zimbabwe in December 2001.

Since retiring he has worked as a bowling consultant for New Zealand and Sri Lanka, as well as coaching in the Indian Premier League.

"It's great to have Chaminda with us through the build-up as well as during the T20 World Cup," said Ireland head coach John Bracewell.

"His ability to get wickets in all forms of the game, especially on the sub-continent, was extraordinary. This experience will be invaluable to our bowling group."
Ireland will face Bangladesh, Oman and The Netherlands in the first round of the ICC World Twenty20. (AFP)
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  • Kiris Baba Amaray Friday, 22 January 2016 08:35 AM

    Surely Ireland will do well in the T20 than SriLanka, as they found the right bowling coach. Good luck...

    Desmond Jeromme Friday, 22 January 2016 08:39 AM

    SriLanka lost a great man Vaas to coach our team because of dirty politics in the Board of Control of SriLanka.

    Gamini Friday, 22 January 2016 09:50 PM

    Good Luck Vass!

    Coconut Republic Thursday, 21 January 2016 07:38 PM

    Congratulations on your new role. Unfortunately SL team hires only match fixing consultants. All over earning money in an unethical manner across all areas

    Nathan Friday, 22 January 2016 09:49 AM

    You deserve it...good luck Vaas

    JAGATH Friday, 22 January 2016 10:39 AM

    He is the greatest fast bowler ever we had. His batting also good .

    KJ Friday, 22 January 2016 05:26 AM

    Vaas took, 355 Test and 400 ODI wkts.. not as stated above..

    Nihal Amarasekera Friday, 22 January 2016 12:41 PM

    Irland will come tops in their group, for sure. Good luck Vaas.

    ET Friday, 22 January 2016 07:57 AM

    We do not need Vass. We have the best match fixes to spearhead our bowling... SLC must be betting on them rather than Vass....

    Premalal Friday, 22 January 2016 08:08 AM

    Good luck and God bless the great son of this country. I hope he does well in his new venture. He will never be recognized and appreciated in Sri-Lanka and we are destined to loose the benefit of his vast experience.


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