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With less than three months to go for next year’s World Cup, the crisis within Sri Lanka national team has spilled over to the support staff as Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) executive committee discussed yesterday about sacking national team’s famous fast bowling coach Chaminda Vaas after the current home ODI series against England.


SLC Chief Executive Ashley de Silva had informed yesterday’s emergency ex-co meeting that national team’s head coach Marvan Atapattu has demanded the removal of Vaas from the coaching team, saying that the former star left-arm bowler was not putting enough effort to improve fast bowling and his contribution during the recently concluded ODI series against India was questionable.


Ex-co members had suggested bringing back Sri Lanka team’s former bowling coach Champaka Ramanayake who was replaced by Vaas in February 2013. Ramanayake who is now working in the SLC Academy as a fast-bowling coach is known to have a much greater rapport with the players than Vaas, whose allegedly strained relations with some star pace bowlers of the team received much publicity in media in recent times.
However some of the ex-co members had spoken against making Vaas an easy scapegoat for the Indian debacle, pointing out that some of the pace bowlers used during the India series actually came directly from the Sri Lanka A team where they came under the guidance of the Academy’s experienced coaches Ramanayaka and Anusha Samaranayake.


However, it is a certainty that Vaas would be removed from the national team coaching duties before Sri Lanka’s forthcoming tour of New Zealand which begins in late December, sources said.


SLC ex-co members have also decided to employ a specialist batting coach to the national team which already has Vaas, specialist spin bowling coach Piyal Wijetunga and fielding coach Trevor Penney under Atapattu while Englishman Jeremy Snape will also have a short stint with the team as the team psychologist.


Meanwhile, SLC ex-co decided to approve several demands by Atapattu to enhance the original package offered to him to be national coach.
Significant among the demands Atapattu won is a Rs. 2.6 million annual holiday package benefit for his family.


The terms offered by SLC to the national coach had included a meal allowance, SLC maintained car, 150 litres of petrol, standard tour per-diems, incentive bonuses, mobile phone and monthly allowance, laptop with dongle, family hospitalisationOPD insurance, in addition to the monthly salary of Rs. 1.3 million.


However in addition to all the offered terms, Atapattu had asked for a further travelling benefit of Rs. 50,000, an SLC maintained brand-new car commensurate with his status, Rs. 2.6 million holiday package benefit for the contractual period and a ten percent increment upon completion of one year in the job.


SLC had included a clause to review Atapattu’s performance after a period of one year, though he had been offered a two-year contract. However Atapattu had also demanded to remove that clause. (Channaka de Silva)

  Comments - 19

  • Sankha Tuesday, 25 November 2014 02:13 PM

    I think in last year, we won lot of matches thanking to fast bowlers, in UAE, and England, they bowl really well. I think he did a grate job.

    Late Tony Greg Tuesday, 25 November 2014 02:17 PM

    If i was Vass will Resign today. That is it

    Siwanka Tuesday, 25 November 2014 03:27 PM

    Vass is better than anyone else..

    Dias Tuesday, 25 November 2014 09:22 AM

    Hmmm, A lot of demands for a first time national level coach no?

    Lawry Tuesday, 25 November 2014 09:24 AM

    How much did they pay the international coaches that we had? Is it a secret?

    Muz Thursday, 27 November 2014 08:28 AM

    I suggest Marvan to be removed first

    Nihal Amarasekera Tuesday, 25 November 2014 09:28 AM

    If everything said is true it seems Atapattu is dam too expensive, after all being a local who spend local currency.

    Fellowship Wednesday, 26 November 2014 11:06 AM


    Ajith Tuesday, 25 November 2014 03:50 PM

    Demands should fulfill as to the performance basis. The loss at Indian tour is not a good move.

    nalaka Tuesday, 25 November 2014 09:40 AM

    the whole country knows how many wickets Ramanayake took vs Vass so Marvan wake up dude. The wicket taking ability it self shows the thinking capabilities of the two players

    lal Tuesday, 25 November 2014 09:45 AM

    What a demands he made. This call proffection . How much we paid to forigen coach. The word demand is not correct,it should be a request. If the contract been arranged to the proffecain these things want be take place. The people who in cool rooms doing nothing being paid more than that. Any now cricket is not a game its a grambling . Thanks

    ANTON Tuesday, 25 November 2014 09:47 AM


    Labby Tuesday, 25 November 2014 10:11 AM

    Why so much of cash benefits to just one individual. Is cricket the most important thing our country needs ? With so many of our institutions not functioning profitably, including SLC, why do we need to do this? Nothing against Marvan Atapattu but are we heading in the right direction?

    kamala Tuesday, 25 November 2014 04:24 PM

    mathaka nadda. Vaas. 96 world cup ekey aapu gaman Steve Waighge wicket eka gatta. Nathnam Aussiela thawath gahanawa.

    James Tuesday, 25 November 2014 10:38 AM

    Cricket Board never excepts the fact that they are wrong, They always need to have a scapegoat.. What can he do if the Bowlers are not good.

    srimahal Tuesday, 25 November 2014 10:49 AM

    Other than the initial agreement, SLC must not spearhead for new demands before the results are shown.You may have a agreement how rewards are given phase by phase depending on the initial, intermediate and final results before the world cup

    Prasanna Tuesday, 25 November 2014 11:07 AM

    Sri Lankan national team really needs some English Cochers for all 3 Departments and Mentors...! Its high time we change these Former Sri lankan players as coach...! Or else 2015 World cup will be a Struggle..!

    lkboy Tuesday, 25 November 2014 12:48 PM

    Atapattu sounds like a dictator.

    Cobra Tuesday, 25 November 2014 06:26 PM

    SLC heading for another debacle!

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