India vs Sri Lanka: Hosts appoint Chaminda Vaas as specialist fast bowling coach for upcoming series

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Friday named veteran Sri Lankan pacer Chaminda Vaas as specialist fast bowling coach for the upcoming India series after Champaka Ramanayake stepped down from the role.

 India vs Sri Lanka: Hosts appoint Chaminda Vaas as specialist fast bowling coach for upcoming series

File photo of Sri Lanka's Chaminda Vaas. Reuters

Ramanayake, who was reappointed as the bowling coach in May 2015, cited 'personal reasons' before putting down his papers.

According to a report on ESPNCricinfo, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is keen on hiring Ramanayake' services. However, it still remains to be seen what role would BCB offer him, given that former West Indian bowler Courtney Walsh already holds the post of the bowling coach.

Vaas' appointment comes hours after it was officially announced that Dinesh Chandimal, Sri Lanka's Test skipper, has been ruled out of the first Test due to pneumonia and Rangana Herath will lead the side in his absence.

Vaas, arguably Sri Lanka's finest fast bowler, has also previously coached the island nation from February 2013 to April 2015.

Sri Lankan cricket currently is going through a tough phase. They lost the recently-concluded ODI series against Zimbabwe, ranked 11th in ODIs, at home. The humiliating defeat resulted in former captain Angelo Mathews' resignation from all the formats.

India's tour of Sri Lanka will begin on 26 July at Galle. The series features three-match Test series, five-match ODI series and a lone T20I.

Updated Date: Jul 21, 2017 18:29:12 IST