Sri Lanka news October 29, 2013

Moores, Farbrace out of SL running

ESPNcricinfo staff

Peter Moores, the Lancashire coach, and the Yorkshire assistant coach Paul Farbrace are out of the running for the Sri Lanka job created by Graham Ford's move to Surrey.

Moores has signed a one-year extension to his Lancashire deal which takes him to the end of the 2015 season, while ESPNcricinfo understands that Farbrace has ruled himself out of returning to the team where he was the former assistant coach under Trevor Bayliss.

Although never publicly confirmed as being a candidate to replace Ford it is understand that Moores' a name was discussed by Sri Lanka Cricket during the early stages of the process. It was the latest in a series of high-profile roles that Moores had been linked with in recent months following the Surrey position and managing director of England cricket.

He admitted their had been interest although did not specify for which roles. "I have been approached by other people," Moores told the Manchester Evening News. "To be honest, you would be a bit worried if you weren't being linked with other jobs or if no-one ever approached you."

Moores came to Lancashire in 2009 after his acrimonious departure as England coach following the breakdown of his relationship with Kevin Pietersen. In 2011, Lancashire won their first County Championship title in 77 years and although that was followed by relegation in 2012 they gained promotion as Division Two champions last season.

Farbrace, meanwhile, left Sri Lanka shortly after being wounded in the Lahore terrorist attack in March 2009 and joined Kent before moving to be Jason Gillespie's assistant at Yorkshire.

Earlier this month, Farbrace told ESPNcricinfo he would be reluctant to leave the county. "Yorkshire is a great place to be and I'm not in any way looking to leave," he said. "In fact, the last two years have been as good as any in my career. We have a top team on and off the pitch. I'd very happily stay here for several more years and be a part a club that is going to win trophies.

"But clearly when a top international job crops up, it is interesting. We encourage players to be ambitious and it should be the same for coaches. It's good to want to do as well as you can in your career.

Steve Rixon, Marvan Atapattu and Romesh Kaluwitharana are believed to be among the frontrunners for the Sri Lanka job.

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