Former fast bowler Chaminda Vaas has been appointed specialist fast bowling coach of Sri Lanka for their upcoming series against India, according to ANI. Vaas will be assisting the Sri Lankan fast bowlers during the India series that begins on 26th July, 2017.
Vaas has also been in charge of many feeder teams in the past, but this is the first time he will be assisting the senior side. However, Vaas has had short stints with the senior New Zealand and Ireland sides between 2013 to 2015. Vaas has represented Sri Lanka in 111 Tests and has picked up 355 wickets, while in the ODIs he picked up 400 wickets from 322 matches.
India will tour Sri Lanka for a three Tests, five ODIs and a one-off T20I, which will begin from July 26 at Galle. While India will be led by Virat Kohli, Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal will surely miss the first Test and is doubtful for the second Test as well. In Chandimal’s absence, it is highly likely that Upul Tharanga will lead the side. Although, in the absence of the regular captain, it was spinner Rangana Herath, who lead Sri Lanka in Zimbabwe.
Sri Lanka are coming at the back of a Test win against Zimbabwe, where they had to chase 388 runs in the fourth innings to win the game. However, they lost the ODI series before that to Zimbabwe, after which Angelo Mathews stepped down as captain across formats. India tasted victory in the Test series the last time they travelled to Sri Lanka, back in 2015.