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Namal expresses regret over Chaminda Vaas’ resignation

Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa
Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa

Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa yesterday expressed his regret over the resignation of former Sri Lankan player Chaminda Vaas as a consulting bowling coach claiming it is regretful that the National Team lost such a talented coach.

“Vaas was supposed to be present during an international tour as the coach. When he requested to resign four hours prior to the said tour, it shows the indiscipline of the individual,” the Sports Minister told during Parliament.

“His actions affect the young players of the team who are targeting the 2023 World Cup. Whatever issues there might be in the Cricket Board, we should not let them affect the players and the industry.” He pointed out the issue was with Chaminda Vaas requesting a pay hike and submitting his resignation nearly four hours before the team was set to depart for the Caribbean.

“The issue is that Chaminda Vass announced his decision and demanded a pay hike at 5.00 p.m when the team was set to depart at 11 in the night on the same day.”

“If the SLC had at that time agreed to his request, then tomorrow right before entering the pitch in West Indies, another coach or a cricketer could make similar demands and threaten to withdraw.”

“How will we face such a situation in the future? Therefore, we have a system in place and that must be followed,” he said. (D.R)