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Vaas' expertise a major boost for Irish World T20 bid

By Staff Reporter

One of the best pace bowlers in the sub-continent is joining up with Ireland for the World Twenty20 in India as a bowling consultant.

Sri Lankan left armer Chaminda Vaas, who took 755 wickets in 433 international matches before his retirement in 2009, will begin his short-term contract in Abu Dhabi next month when Ireland play two Twenty20 internationals against the UAE.

Vaas will then be with the squad at a training camp in Chandigarh at the end of the month ahead of Ireland's first warm-up game in Dharamsala on March 4.

Ireland head coach John Bracewell said: "It's great to have Chaminda through the build-up and the T20 World Cup. I have long been an admirer of his skills and like all the Sri Lankan cricketers of his era he was a great problem solver."

Meanwhile, North West Cup holders Donemana, seeking a fifth consecutive success, were given a home tie in the only all-Premiership tie of the first round, against Ardmore.

North West Cup draw: Brigade v Glendermott, Eglinton v Killyclooney, Strabane v Burndennett, Newbuildings v Ballyspallen, Donemana v Ardmore, Coleraine v St Johnston, Bready v Fox Lodge, Bonds Glen v Drummond.

Games to be played on Saturday May 14.

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