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Farbrace will be Sri Lanka’s head coach for the next two years
Former Sri Lanka assistant coach Paul Farbrace has been chosen as the country’s new head coach and will take over once Graham Ford’s contract expires early next year.
Farbrace, who is currently coaching Yorkshire’s second XI, initially withdrew his application before expressing his interest once again when Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) had narrowed their choice down to former captain Marvan Atapattu and Mark Davis.
“The Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket arrived at this decision after engagement with the committee appointed to nominate the most suitable candidate for SLC,” a SLC statement said. “The final decision was made after much deliberation as a selection of Sri Lankan candidates showed commendable credentials as applicants to this post.”
Yorkshire chairman Colin Graves was sad to lose Farbrace as he had been doing an excellent job with the county’s future stars.
“Paul’s departure is a loss,” Graves said. “His dedication in developing the careers of some of our young players, who are now coming through the ranks, is a major part in moving the club forward to achieve its aims and ambitions.”
Yorkshire’s director of cricket, Martyn Moxon, was also upset to see Farbrace go.
“Paul has made a huge impact during his tenure at Headingley,” Moxon said. “He is an outstanding coach and deserves to take on this role with Sri Lanka Cricket. His expertise in developing junior talent has seen him contribute to provide exciting players for the long-term future of the club.”