These three men could well be responsible for Sri Lanka’s revival in international cricket
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) chief executive Ajit Jayasekara has announced that the board is considering hiring former pace bowler Chaminda Vaas and spinner Muttiah Muralitharan as the national team’s new fast bowling and spin coach.
Despite never having undergone formal training to become a coach, SLC are still interested in hiring the pair since they are the country’s highest wicket-takers in ODIs and Tests by a large margin.
While no concrete decision has been made as of yet, SLC stated that the early meetings between both parties had gone extremely well and the signs of them agreeing to a deal in the near future looked encouraging.
However, Jayasekara noted that Vaas and Muralitharan’s expertise in their respective fields may even be used to help those trying to get into the national team.
“They are two of our best products, and have had huge success all over the world,” he said. “We are looking to tap that knowledge and make use of it for the betterment of cricket in Sri Lanka. The fact that they don’t have coaching qualifications isn’t a big issue when you consider how much they have to offer.”
Vaas was recently employed on a temporary basis by the New Zealand national team when they toured Sri Lanka, and thanks to him, the New Zealand pace bowlers were extremely successful, especially in the second Test where they got some seam movement and swing off the pitch.
The former pace bowler, who had been playing county cricket as recently as July of last year, mentioned that he would be extremely grateful to receive the opportunity to help his own country.
“I have finished my discussions with the board and they will come back to me with a decision,” Vaas said.
Meanwhile, Muralitharan is the most successful bowler in both Tests and ODIs, with 800 and 534 wickets to his name.
The spin maestro still plays in domestic Twenty20 tournaments around the world and recently just finished his gig with the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League (BBL).
If Sri Lanka were to land both Vaas and Muralitharan, then there could be a lot of high points for the national team in the near future.
Former Sri Lanka captain and opening batsman Sanath Jayasuriya was also recently named as the chief selector, while the country’s first Test skipper Bandula Warnapura is expected to become the SLC’s new CEO in April.