Vaas to hone young talent in Sri Lanka


Former Sri Lanka seamer, Chaminda Vaas, has been appointed to the role of Sri Lanka fast-bowling consultant.

Vaas had been the national team's bowling coach but his new role will involve identifying and developing young fast bowling talent in the island nation.

Sri Lanka's cricket consultant Aravinda de Silva said: "I've been trying to get a few former cricketers to agree to work with us,

"When I spoke with Vaas, he was very keen. We feel he will be really good working with some of our young cricketers, from the grassroots levels. He'll work with fast bowlers from around the country, identify talent, get them in to work with the under-19, development and A team squads, which feed into the national team."

The SLC has plans to use it's coaches and consultants to develop regional talent, away from the larger centres and improve the country's development programmes.

De Silva continued: "We want our coaches to go deep into the district and provincial levels, and also to help the clubs,

"If any coach in a club needs some assistance, we're happy to allocate some of the bowling coaches to go and spend some time with those relevant clubs.

"We want to put some schedules together so they can go right around the country – Vaas' job will be one of those. He will be a floating coach who will go around and do the identification."

Sri Lanka Cricket have made a number of high-profile appointments recently, with Graham Ford taking the head coach job, Simon Willis being appointed high performance manager and Nic Pothas taking the fielding coach role as the SLC look to improve their coaching.