Former England women's and Under-19 coach July 18, 2007

Farbrace named as Sri Lanka's assistant coach

Cricinfo staff

Sri Lanka have named Paul Farbrace, a coaching director at Kent, as their new assistant coach.

"We have picked Paul as the assistant coach and his appointment will be ratified this Friday," Kangadaran Mathivanan, the secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket, told AFP.

Farbrace had a brief first-class career as a wicketkeeper with Middlesex and Kent before moving into coaching, initially with the England women's team and then the Under-19s before moving to Kent.

"The chance to work with Trevor [Bayliss] in Sri Lanka is a fantastic opportunity for me," said Farbrace. "It has been a difficult decision to make because I am really enjoying the job here at Kent. There is real talent within the Kent system and I believe there a number of our youngsters who could make a significant impact on Kent cricket in the future. I shall be watching progress with great interest."

Trevor Bayliss, Sri Lanka's new coach, asked for Farbrace and the pair will team up to help with preparations for the Twenty20 World Championship in September.