Vaas handed Ireland role


Ireland's bowlers will be able to call on the experience of Chaminda Vaas during the ICC World T20 after he was named their new bowling coach.

During his playing career, Vaas took 355 Test wickets in 111 matches, racked up 400 dismissals in 322 one-day internationals and has the best figures by any bowler in an ODI - 8-19 against Zimbabwe.

He retired in 2009 and has since worked as a bowling consultant for New Zealand and Sri Lanka, with Ireland the latest nation keen to tap into his knowledge of limited-overs cricket.

Vaas will link up with the Ireland squad ahead of their two internationals with United Arab Emirates in February and stay with them on a short-term contract until the end of the World T20.

"I'm very excited to be joining the backroom staff of the Ireland team," said the 41-year-old. "There's a lot of talent and experience in the squad which I'm confident I can add to.

"I've played with and against some of the guys during my time in county cricket with Middlesex and Northants. I'm relishing the prospect of sharing the knowledge and experience I've picked up during my 20-plus years in the game."

Ireland face Bangladesh, Oman and the Netherlands in the first round of the World T20, with the winners qualifying for the second phase where they will meet India, Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand.