Adding to the troubles, former Sri Lankan pacer and the fast bowling coach of the national side Chaminda Vaas resigned from his post on Monday, just three days after his recruitment. The 47-year old has also pulled out from the Sri Lanka tour of the West Indies that starts March 3 for an all-format series comprising three ODIs, three T20Is, and two Tests. The team is to travel to the country on February 23.
Sri Lanka Cricket had appointed Vaas as the ‘National Fast-Bowling Coach’ on February 19, replacing Australian coach David Sekar after the 54-year old resigned from the post, stating personal reasons.
“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 on the eve of the team’s departure, based on personal monetary gain,” Sri Lanka Cricket stated in their official statement.
Sri Lanka Cricket informed that his decision to resign in at the eleventh hour was due to a dispute over his payment. The board condemned the unwarranted move of the former cricketer for choosing monetary gain over the responsibility of the team.
“The Management of SLC, and indeed the entire nation, hold Mr. Vaas in high esteem as a cricketer who has excelled for his country. His years of yeoman service have been appreciated and rewarded over the years both in status and in kind.
“In such circumstances, 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, by handing in his resignation at the eleventh hour, citing the administration’s refusal to accede to an unjustifiable demand for an increased USD remuneration, in spite of being a contracted employee of Sri Lanka Cricket, already receiving remuneration that is in keeping with his experience, qualifications, and expertise, in addition to which he would have been entitled to the usual USD per diems offered to all members of a traveling squad,” it concluded.
Earlier, Sri Lankan fast bowler Lahiru Kumara tested positive for COVID-19 in the test carried out on February 21 and had to undergo self-isolation and would be missing out on the West Indies tour.