Vaas to work with BLACKCAPS

New Zealand Cricket confirmed that Chaminda Vaas will work with the BLACKCAPS as a specialist bowling coach during the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka.

Vaas, a former Sri Lankan fast bowler who took 355 Test wickets, retired from international cricket in 2011 and has recently finished a stint playing for Northants in the County competition.

BLACKCAPS 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.”

Chaminda Vaas said: “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.

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

Vaas will start working with the Test players who arrive in Colombo on 11 November before helping prepare the full squad who assemble in Galle on 13 November.

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