Farbrace leaves Sri Lanka head coach position to become England assistant coach

"This was an offer that I could not turn down"

“This was an offer that I could not turn down”

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Paul Farbrace has left the Sri Lanka head coach position after just three months to become England’s new assistant coach.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) revealed that they had come to “an agreement” with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) after Farbrace tendered his resignation.

“We are grateful to SLC for their understanding and co-operation in releasing Paul from his contract in order to achieve his desire to return to England and to allow him to work with Peter Moores,” ECB chief executive David Collier said. “Paul developed his coaching through the ECB’s Level Four programme and brings substantial international experience to the new England management.”

Farbrace’s tenure as Sri Lanka head coach was a highly successful one as he guided them to victory in the Asia Cup and World Twenty20.

However, Farbrace noted that becoming England’s assistant coach was just too good of a position to turn down.

“It’s fantastic to be given the opportunity to work with your own country’s national team and this was an offer that I could not turn down – much as I have enjoyed working with the Sri Lankan players and sharing in their recent success,” Farbrace said. “I am particularly relishing the chance to work more closely with Peter as we undertook the Level Four Coaching programme together and have known each other since we were both young wicketkeepers on the county circuit together. It will also be great to renew acquaintances with Alastair Cook and other senior players whom I worked with earlier in my coaching career with England’s age-group teams.”

ECB managing director Paul Downton added: “I am really excited about the way the England management structure is taking shape and I know that Paul and Peter Moores are looking forward to working closely together. I would like to echo David Collier’s thanks to SLC for reaching an agreement which allowed Paul to join us.”

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