Bernardus bids farewell to his pupil Vass
It turned out to be a significant moment on the fourth day of the
third and final Test match at the SSC ground in Maitland Place when
veteran coach Carlton Bernardus stepped into to see his pupil Chaminda
Vaas bid farewell to Sri Lanka cricket after completing an illustrious
Bernardus who was the first coach of Chaminda Vaas at St. Joseph's
College and Colts Cricket Club, arrived in Sri Lanka from Bangladesh
where he is presently functioning as the Deputy National Game
Development Manager of the Bangladesh Cricket Board since the year 2000.
Bernardus said that he is fortunate to be present at the venue where
dynamic fast bowler will be playing in his final Test match for his
country and wished him good luck in his future assignments. He believed
that Vaas should now concentrate on coaching and be able to give back
something to the next generation.
The 50 year old veteran coach said that Vaas has been successful in
adding a new dimension to the game and is one person who introduced
swing bowling to international cricket.
He added that Vaas has left a lasting impression on the game which
will also mark the end of another chapter in Sri Lankan Cricket. He
described the left arm seamer as a hard working disciplined bowler who
has always contributed one hundred percent to his team in both batting
Bernardus noted that Vaas' performances in the international scene is
even more significant considering the fact that he has been mostly
performing on docile wickets which are not conducive for seam bowling.