Cricket: Vaas to work with New Zealand

Chaminda Vaas has been signed up as a specialist bowling coach by New Zealand and will help plot the downfall of the country he played 111 tests for. Photo / Getty Images.
Chaminda Vaas has been signed up as a specialist bowling coach by New Zealand and will help plot the downfall of the country he played 111 tests for. Photo / Getty Images.

Former Sri Lanka fast bowler Chaminda Vaas has been signed up as a specialist bowling coach by New Zealand and will help plot the downfall of the country he played 111 tests for.

Vaas took 355 test wickets for Sri Lanka before retiring from international cricket in 2011. He recently finished a stint playing for Northamptonshire in the English county competition.

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson is looking to utilise expertise around the world and is hopeful of adding Muttiah Muralitharan as a spin bowling coach for the Sri Lanka tour, which includes one Twenty20 match, five one-day internationals and two tests. Vaas will work with new New Zealand bowling coach Shane Bond.

"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," Hesson said. "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."

Vaas will start working with the test players who arrive in Colombo on November 11 before helping prepare the full squad who assemble in Galle two days later.

"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. "I feel my recent experience as a player and understanding of conditions in the sub-continent will benefit the team."

The tour starts in Pallekele on Wednesday morning (NZT) with a Twenty20 international.

- APNZ

© Copyright 2014, APN New Zealand Limited

Assembled by: (static) on production bpcf03 at 18 Dec 2014 23:10:24 Processing Time: 475ms