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Friday, November 30, 2007

One more year for Vaas

One more year for Vaas - Cricinfo: On the eve of his 100th Test appearance for Sri Lanka, Chaminda Vaas says he will play one more year before quitting international cricket.

"I give myself one more year in Test cricket and in that time I hope to take 350 wickets before I quit," Vaas said. He will become the third Sri Lankan
, after Sanath Jayasuriya and Muttiah Muralitharan, to play 100 Tests and is by far their most successful fast bowler, but said he will not unnecessarily try to prolong his career.

"I will not wait for people to start saying that I am too old to play and be left out of the side. I don't want to become a laughing stock.

"I am proud and honoured to serve my country for so long and I am eager to perform in my 100th Test," he said. "I want to make it a special one by bowling my country to victory.

"Every game I've played was important to me. That's why I have played nearly 100 Tests and taken 320 wickets. I trust myself and motivate myself. I have put a lot of faith and trust in God.

Because of his strength I find myself playing in 100 Tests for my country. I value the support given to me by my parents and my loving wife."

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"I will not wait for people to start saying that I am too old to play and be left out of the side. I don't want to become a laughing stock." - Vaas

The comment above is a clear sign that our SLC has failed us. Vaas, who is without a doubt one of Lanka's cricketing greats has to fear being called old and has to fear being omitted.

These are realistic scenarios within our cricket today, its not a recent occurence either. Cricket in our part of the world is governed by individuals who think with their hearts not their head.

"There are also young fast bowlers like Chanaka Welagedera and Sajeewa de Silva," he said. "You've got to be patient with them and give them more time to develop."
- Vaas.

2 Comments:

Em said...

I don't think that vass is refering to slc at all. I think he simply wants to go out on top, which is the best way to go.

Hilal said...

I was referring to the fact that he had to make such a comment in the first place.

If the SLC and our selectors were doing a decent job, Vaas would have retired when a fine replacement has been found and groomed. Vaas should go out on a high like how Mcgrath did. Instead he fears being ridiculed and axed.

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