In a dramatic turn of events, Sri Lankan pace topper Chaminda Vaas resigned as the national team’s fast bowling coach on Monday over a wage dispute with his board barely three days after being appointed to the post. Vaas resigned just before the team’s departure for a tour of the West Indies.
“We couldn’t agree to his terms, so he resigned,” said a senior Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) official.
“It is particularly discouraging to note that in an economic climate like the one the whole world is currently dealing with, Mr. Vaas took this sudden and irresponsible step on the eve of the team’s departure, based on personal financial gain, “SLC said. in a statement.
It was only last week that Vaas was appointed to replace Australian David Sakar after the team’s poor show against South Africa and England in recent times.
By the way, Vaas would leave with the team for the West Indies on Monday-evening to play three games, each of the two shorter formats and two Tests.
One of the nation’s top pacesetters, Vaas has also resigned as coach of the SLC Academy, a board official added.
Vaas, with 355 Test wickets and 400 ODI wickets, is Sri Lanka’s most successful pace bowler and his sudden resignation prior to a tour did not go down well with the cricket board.
“It is extremely disheartening that a legend like Chaminda Vaas has resorted to detaining the administration, the cricketers and even the game for ransom, submitting his resignation at the eleventh hour, citing the government’s refusal to respond to an unjustified demand an increased (USD) fee…, ”read SLC’s statement.
Ironically, the team leaving Monday evening has not received a sanction from the Ministry of Sports.
The team’s departure took a hit on Monday morning when it was announced that fast bowler Lahiru Kumara had made a positive return for COVID-19.
The T20 team consists of four new players Ramesh Mendis, Dilshan Madushanka, Pathum Nissanka and Ashen Bandara.
They take the place of Kusal Mendis, who was ousted for bad form, Kusal Janith Perera, Avishka Fernando and Banuka Rajapaksa. They all failed their fitness tests
The first of the three T20 internationals will be played in Antigua on March 3.
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