Vaas to coach NZ bowlers versus Sri Lanka
Former Sri Lanka paceman Chaminda Vaas will work with New Zealand as a specialist bowling coach on the Black Caps’ two-Test tour of his homeland.
The 38-year-old, who recently finished a three-year spell with Northamptonshire, is Sri Lanka’s second-highest wicket-taker in Tests with 355 and one-day internationals with 400.
He will begin working with the New Zealand players on November 11, shortly before the end of the one-day series between the sides, ahead of Tests in Galle and Colombo.
“I am pleased to have the chance to work with an international team, particularly a side like New Zealand with such a large number of talented young fast bowlers,” Vaas said on www.blackcaps.co.nz.
“I feel my recent experience as a player and understanding of conditions in the sub-continent will benefit the team.”
Vaas, a left-arm seamer, will work alongside former Black Cap fast bowler Shane Bond, who last week was appointed national bowling coach, particularly with left-armers Trent Boult, James Franklin and Neil Wagner.
New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said: “Chaminda was highly regarded as a player with an impressive international record and we’re fortunate to have secured his services for the Test series.
“The coaches and players are excited by the prospect of having someone with his cricketing knowledge work with the group.
“His extensive playing experience in local conditions will provide valuable input as we plan and prepare for the Test series in Sri Lanka.
“An important part of his brief will be to provide tactical advice to the bowling unit, especially our contingent of left-arm seamers.
“In terms of professional development, it’s a great opportunity for Shane Bond to work alongside a different style of coach and I’m sure he’ll benefit from the experience.”