By Staff Writers
September 2, 2011 (Island Cricket): Northamptonshire have retained Chaminda Vaas as their overseas professional for the 2012 season.
"I’m very happy and I’m looking forward to another season with Northants," Vaas said.
"I feel I’ve done really well and I can’t wait for another brilliant season next year. I’ll continue to give 100% for the team.
"From the outset we had a clear plan to get promotion, and so far the team has played brilliantly. All the lads are confident and I’m looking forward to helping the team get promoted to Division One of the County Championship."
After joining Northants in 2009, Vaas has become immensely popular with local fans and a great investment for the county. He has 66 championship wickets this season, at an average of 21.43.
"It’s very pleasing news," Northants’ head coach David Capel said.
"If you look at the stats, 65 plus wickets at 21, bowling a lot of line and length and moving the ball around, he has done a great job for us this year. It’s fantastic that he wants to be with us and continue the excellent relationship we have with him."
On Wednesday, the Sri Lankan veteran yet again proved his worth with the ball. He took 4-57 against Surrey on day one of their LV= County Championship Division Two clash at Wantage Road.
Vaas was also promoted to open the batting for the county in the Friends Life T20 competition. The 37-year-old has represented Hampshire, Marylebone Cricket Club, Middlesex and Worcestershire in an illustrious career spanning more than two decades.
Vaas retired from Test cricket in 2009 with 355 wickets and 3089 runs. He is yet to announce his retirement from ODI cricket and was flown to Mumbai as a standby due to injuries in the Sri Lankan World Cup squad during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. However, his last ODI appearance for Sri Lanka was in 2008. Vaas has 400 ODI wickets to his name.
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