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Sri Lanka’s new bowling coach Vaas quits ahead of West Indies tour NewsFunda

Chaminda Vaas. (Action Images/Reuters Photo)

COLOMBO:

Sri Lanka

‘s new fast bowling coach quit on Monday within days of his appointment and compounding problems for the national team on the eve of their virus-hit tour of the West Indies.

Former Test player

Chaminda Vaas

, who on Friday replaced Australian David Sekar, resigned over a pay dispute and will not travel with the team to the Caribbean, the cricket board said.

Sri Lanka Cricket said it was “disheartening” that Vaas had made the “sudden and irresponsible move on the eve of the team’s departure based on personal monetary gain”.

I made a humble request to SLC and they turned it down. That’s all I can say at the moment.Justice will prevail!

— Chaminda Vaas (@chaminda_vaas) 1614002065000

The sudden exit of Vaas, 47, came as fast bowler Lahiru Kumara tested positive for coronavirus on Monday and dropped out of the team.

The tour was due to start on Saturday, but postponed after top order batsman

Lahiru Thirimanne

and head coach

Mickey Arthur

were infected with Covid-19 earlier this month.

However, the duo have recovered and will join the tour, according to the board.

Chaminda Vaas has announced his resignation as Sri Lanka’s consultant bowling coach ahead of the team’s departure t… https://t.co/mey5cZcupj

— ICC (@ICC) 1614000018000

There was no immediate comment from Vaas about his decision to step down. He is the most successful Sri Lankan fast bowler, taking 355 wickets in 111 Tests and 400 scalps in 322 one-day internationals.

He retired from Test cricket in 2009, a year after ending his ODI career.

The cricket board had said Vaas replaced Sekar who had cited “personal reasons” to quit the job that he undertook in December 2019 but the 54-year-old has not yet commented publicly.

Sri Lanka are set to leave for the West Indies for two Tests, three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches.

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