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Vaas’ appointment to BCB delayed




Champaka Ramanayake’s reputation as a coach increased for his involvement in discovering world-renowned quick bowler, slinger Lasith Malinga. File photo


By Revatha S. Silva

Sri Lanka’s current Fast Bowling Coach Chaminda Vaas is to be roped in as the Bangladesh Fast Bowling Coach on a full-time basis, as The Morning Sports revealed last month. However, the appointment is yet to be finalised due to a pay dispute, it is learnt. Due to the stalemate in the negotiations, Sri Lanka’s Champaka Ramanayake is likely to be appointed as the Bangladesh Fast Bowling Coach, at least on a short-term basis, it is also learnt.

Ramanayake held the same position previously too.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) sources said last week that Vaas’ monthly salary is initially considered to be $ 7,000 which is equivalent to Rs. 1,400,000.

But the World Champion bowler has allegedly claimed he ought to be paid in the region of $ 12,000 (Rs. 2,400,000).

Whether the appointment of Lasith Malinga for the Australia Twenty20 International (T20I) series as a consultant coach of the Sri Lanka national team’s fast bowlers hastened Vaas’ decision to quit was not known until yesterday (20).

Anyway, Vaas’ negotiations with the BCB had already begun much before Sri Lanka toured Australia this month.

“I am trying to bring Champaka for the shadow team. It would be better if I could use him in the national team as well. We don’t really want to be in a hurry. Haste is never good,” BCB Director and Game Development Committee Chairman Khaled M. Sujon is quoted to have told bdcrictime last week.

The Bangladesh Fast Bowling Coach’s position became vacant after Otis Gibson left the place recently.

Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath is already working as their Spin Bowling Coach and time and again, Sri Lankans have worked in the Bangladeshi national setup.

“Chaminda Vaas’ name has come up. He was undoubtedly a much bigger player (than Ramanayake). How big he is as a coach is not yet proven, although he is coaching. Speaking of which, we don’t want to rush,” Sujon had also added.

Bangladesh are to begin a short-format home series against Afghanistan on Wednesday (23). The series will include three One-Day Internationals (ODI) and two T20Is which will go on till 5 March in Chattogram and Mirpur, Bangladesh.