Bangalore, Oct 27: Former Sri Lanka left-arm paceman Chaminda Vaas will be New Zealand's bowling coach during their tour to Sri Lanka, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) announced on Saturday.
Recently, former Kiwi fast bowler Shane Bond was appointed as team's bowling coach. Now, Vaas will work with Bond on their tour to the Island nation.
Vaas took 355 Test wickets and his knowledge of his home conditions will certainly help the Blackcaps as they gear up to play two Tests. They also play one Twenty20 International and five One Day Internationals. However, Vaas will be part of the setup for Tests only.
Vaas will start working with the Test players who arrive in Colombo on November 11 before helping prepare the full squad who assemble in Galle on 13 November, a report on NZC website said. First Test starts in Galle on November 17.
New Zealand coach, Mike Hesson, speaking to NZC website, said: "Chaminda was highly regarded as a player with an impressive international record and we're fortunate to have secured his services for the Test series. The coaches and players are excited by the prospect of having someone with his cricketing knowledge work with the group.
"His extensive playing experience in local conditions will provide valuable input as we plan and prepare for the Test series in Sri Lanka. An important part of his brief will be to provide tactical advice to the bowling unit, especially our contingent of left-arm seamers. In terms of professional development, it's a great opportunity for Shane Bond to work alongside a different style of coach and I'm sure he'll benefit from the experience."
Vaas said: "I am pleased to have the chance to work with an international team, particularly a side like New Zealand with such a large number of talented young fast bowlers. I feel my recent experience as a player and understanding of conditions in the sub-continent will benefit the team."