Vaas quits after holding team 'at ransom': Sri Lanka
Legendary swing bowler resigns just three days after being appointed Sri Lanka's bowling coach
23 February 2021, 07:58 AM AEST
Chaminda Vaas has quit his role as Sri Lanka's bowling coach before being accused of leaving for "personal monetary gain" and holding the team "at ransom".
Sri Lanka Cricket also described Vaas's move as "sudden and irresponsible" in a strongly-worded statement after the bowling great handed in his resignation on Monday.
Vaas's resignation is effective from March 26 and he informed the board that he will not go with the national team on the upcoming tour of the West Indies.
"It is particularly disheartening to note that in an economic climate such as the one facing the entire globe right now, Mr Vaas has made this sudden and irresponsible move based on personal monetary gain," Sri Lanka Cricket said.
Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce the appointment of Chaminda Vaas as the National Team’s Fast Bowling Coach for the Tour of West Indies. His appointment comes following the resignation of David Saker, who was the National Fast Bowling Coach. READ: https://t.co/QMgJOKptTB— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) February 19, 2021
Former Sri Lanka Cricketer and Consultant Bowling Coach of #SLC, Chaminda Vaas today announced his resignation from his post effective 26th March 2021.. READ: https://t.co/m0rwiGaolF #lka— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) February 22, 2021
SLC said it refused Vaas's demand for an increase in pay, blaming the former left-arm fast bowler of handing in his resignation at the last minute.
"It is extremely disheartening that a legend such as Chaminda Vaas has resorted to holding the administration, the cricketers, and indeed the game at ransom," SLC said.
SLC said Vaas is already receiving pay "that is in keeping with his experience, qualifications, and expertise".
The statement went on to say that Vaas's "yeoman service" over the years was appreciated and was also rewarded.
Vaas, 47, is one of the most capped Sri Lanka cricketers, claiming 355 wickets in 111 test matches and 400 wickets in 322 ODIs before stopping in 2009.
Sri Lanka is scheduled to play three Twenty20s, three ODIs and two Test matches against the West Indies, starting on March 4.