Northamptonshire’s new signing Chaminda Vaas has said that he is very much looking forward to playing for the Steelbacks and contributing towards helping the club progress through the various competitions.
Vaas arrived only one day before the County Championship clash against Surrey, which started on Monday and will come to a conclusion today. Vaas bowled exceptionally well in his first spell for Northamptonshire, only going for 16 runs from his opening 14-over spell, including the early wicket of Arun Harinath.
“I arrived here one day before the game, I am really looking forward to playing with Northamptonshire," he said. "I will do whatever I can do to help Northamptonshire cricket. Everything is going well at the moment, my house and everything is sorted out by Northants so I am really pleased with them and I will just try to do my job and get in to the field and play well.”
The 36-year-old played for the Deccan Chargers in the Indian Premier League, playing six games and taking nine wickets and bowing two precious maidens. He will be aiming to use this experience and his vast international experience to help Northamptonshire during his time at the club.
“After the IPL I had a couple of weeks off so you have got to get back and do the basics well. I am looking forward to doing my stuff and doing well for the Northants side. After the IPL season finished they called me and I said I am so keen to play. I am not selected for the national side so I want to do the best for them and for myself. Hopefully all the experience from international cricket will help me to come and play here. You can learn a lot from the people here and hopefully contribute as well.”
This is the Sri Lankan international’s fourth county cricket club. His last stint was with Middlesex in 2007, where he excelled with both the ball and bat. He averaged 55.4 with the bat and took 20 wickets at an average of 27.6. He also topped the 40-over competition with the bat, averaging a superb 54 from five matches.
Vaas said, “I enjoy county cricket very much, I really enjoyed it at Middlesex. In 2007 I played four months there I did very well so I am looking forward to repeating the same thing in Northants.”
Vaas has met a few of his new team mates before he started at the county. He played against South African duo Andrew Hall and Nicky Boje in a number of international matches. He has also played against Mal Loye in the past.
“I know Andrew Hall and Nicky Boje from international cricket. I also know Mal Loye, we played Under-19’s cricket against each other during the 1992 season. He is my best friend now so I am happy he has scored some runs in this game and I am looking forward to my time here.”
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