Northants re-sign Sri Lankan all-rounder Chaminda Vaas. AFP PHOTO/Adrian DENNIS.
September 22, 2010, (Island Cricket): Sri Lankan star, Chaminda Vaas, who played such a prominent role with bat and ball as the Northamptonshire Steelbacks reached the English county T20 quarter finals for a third successive year, has signed a new contract to play in all competitions next year.
The return of an all-rounder with so much international pedigree and experience is a major boost to Northants as they plan for the 2011 season and aim to develop a team which is capable of challenging for honours.
Such was Vaas’ impact in the Friends Provident t20 this year, he headed a table of the competition’s most effective performers at the end of June and therefore won the FTI Consulting Most Valuable Player Award for that month, finishing above the likes of Darren Stevens, West Indian all-rounder Kieron Pollard and Samit Patel, before being named the overall Friends Provident t20 competition FTI Consulting MVP.
As well as spearheading their Friends Provident t20 campaign, the experienced campaigner of some 111 Test Matches and 322 One Day Internationals for Sri Lanka also appeared in two LV= County Championship matches in his spell at the County Ground and played a part in the excellent victory over Middlesex at Lord’s.
In the Friends Provident t20 competition, he scored 459 runs, including four half centuries, and also took 17 wickets as he proved to be economical with his left arm seam. Chaminda’s best performance saw him hit 73 off 49 balls and then claim 3-23 in the win over Durham Dynamos on their way to qualifying for the quarter finals.
Now, Northants plan to make even more use of his all-round skills and experience after he agreed to return for a longer period.
Head Coach David Capel said: “Chaminda made an excellent contribution for Northants Cricket during 2010 and it will be great to have his all-round services to call upon on a more regular basis throughout the 2011 season.
Northants Cricket’s Chief Executive Mark Tagg welcomed news that Vaas would be returning to the County Ground in 2011.
“Experience and quality are essential elements of a successful team and Chaminda brings both in abundance,” he said.
“The younger players especially will get real value from Chaminda and the Club will continue to move forward with him in the side."
Northants media release.