x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Vaas aims to bow out after 2011 World Cup

The Sri Lanka fast bowler Chaminda Vaas wants to quit international cricket after playing in the 2011 World Cup.

KARACHI // The Sri Lanka fast bowler Chaminda Vaas wants to quit international cricket after playing in the 2011 World Cup. The left-arm seamer, 34, has lost his place in the Sri Lanka ODI squad for the last six months since playing against India at home in August but aims to regain his position in the team and bow out in style when the tournament comes to Asia. "It will be my last World Cup and I am confident to get back (into the one-day team)," Vaas said. "I am playing three-day and one-day matches in domestic cricket and want to comeback in the ODIs.

In the absence of Vaas, the fast bowlers Thilan Thushara and Nuwan Kulasekara have been regularly performing well in the limited-overs game meaning that Vaas faces an uphill task of regaining his place. Vaas has taken 354 wickets in 109 Test matches, while in his 322 limited-overs matches he has struck with 400 wickets. He is only the fourth bowler after Muttiah Muralitharan (505), Wasim Akram (502), Waqar Younis (416) to have taken 400 wickets in that form of the game.

*AP