Chaminda Vaas is a former professional cricket player from Sri Lanka. He spent the majority of his pro career playing for the Colts Cricket Club. He has also played internationally. After he retired from Cricket, he began coaching internationally for teams including New Zealand and Ireland.

As a bowler, he currently holds the record for the best bowling figures in the ODI. He was also the youngest player to take 300 wickets in ODI cricket.

Player Profile

Warnakulasuriya Patabendige Ushantha Joseph Chaminda Vaas, nicknamed ‘Vasy’, was born on January 27, 1974, in Wattala, Sri Lanka. He stands 178 cm tall and he bats left-handed and bowls left-arm with a fast medium pace.

Role Bowler
Height / weight 1.78 m / 75 kg
Born 27 Jan 1974
Nationality Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Playing Style Left Handed
Nickname Vasy
Team History
Northamptonshire County Cricket Club Northamptonshire County 2010 - 2012
Colt Cricket Club 1990 - 2012
1084 deccan chargers Deccan Chargers 2008 - 2010
647 sri lanka national cricket team Sri Lanka 1994 - 2008
Middlesex County Cricket Club Middlesex County 2007
Worcestershire County Cricket Club Worcestershire County 2005
Uva cricket team 2004
Hampshire County Cricket Club Hampshire County 2003

He played the position of Bowler.

Playing Career

He started his professional career playing for the Colts Cricket Club and was with them for more than a decade from 1990 to 2012.

In 2003, he signed with Hampshire. In 2004, he played for Uva, and in 2005, he was with Worcestershire. In 2007, he played for Middlesex.

From 2008 to 2010, he played for the Hyderabad team – Deccan Chargers. Then from 2010 to 2012, he played for squad number 6 of Northamptonshire.

He retired from Test Cricket in 2009.


Vaas made his debut for Sri Lanka in 1994. In his first year of international cricket, he helped Sri Lanka to win their first test match win away from home.

Vaas has taken more than 300 test wickets and the only other Sri Lankan to achieve this feat is Muttiah Muralitharan. Vaas has also taken more than 350 One Day International wickets and he is one of the two Sri Lankans to achieve this feat.

Vaas also holds the best bowling figures in ODIs which is 8 for 19. He could manage to take a hat-trick twice, once against Zimbabwe and the other against Bangladesh.

Vaas is also a useful batsman and has scored 2500 runs in Test cricket, which includes one century and 12 half-centuries. His fielding is equally brilliant and he is noted for a strong arm.

Coaching Career

He started coaching in 2012 when he was hired by New Zealand during their Sri Lankan tour. In 2013, he became the bowling coach for the Sri Lankan team in the Champions Trophy.

In 2016, he served as the bowling coach for the Ireland Cricket Team.

Career Statistics

  • Matches: 111 (Test), 322 (ODI), 227(FC), 412 (LA)
  • Runs scored: 3,089 (Test), 2,025(ODI), 6,223(FC), 3,220 (LA)
  • Batting Average: 24.32 (Test), 13.68(ODI), 25.82 (FC), 16.59 (LA)


  • 2004 - World XI at the inaugural ICCAwards

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