Sunday, July 5, 2009

Chaminda Vaas Says Goodbye to Test Cricket

Star Sri Lankan pacer Chaminda Vaas has retired from test cricket recently. The news was revealed by Ashantha de Mel, the chief selector of Sri Lanka. The veteran pacer now wants to focus more on the shorter version of the game ahead of ICC World Cup 2011. It has been quite some time, Vaas has been struggling with form as well as injury. Finally, Vaas failed to make it to the test squad for the 2-match test series against Pakistan. This was perhaps the reason of his retirement from the longer version of cricket. With 354 wickets from 110 tests, Vaas has been a legend of Sri Lankan cricket. However, the bowler thinks that his retirement from test cricket is premature.

There is no doubt, Sri Lanka has a number of young pacers who look pretty much promising. However, still I think, Vaas should have stayed in test cricket for at least couple of more years for the sake of Sri Lankan cricket. In the longer version of the cricket, a young bowler needs some assistance from a veteran bowler like Vaas. Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis got someone like Imran Khan. Moreover, I think, Sri Lankan selectors also gave more importance to the young generation.

Now, let us see if Vaas can retain his place in the ODI squad of Sri Lanka team. I hope Sri Lankan selectors would not make the same mistake by ignoring him in the shorter version.

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