Sri Lanka news December 20, 2013

Farbrace named as Sri Lanka coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

Paul Farbrace, the former Sri Lanka assistant coach, has been appointed the new Sri Lanka coach on a two-year contract, starting on January 1.

Farbrace, who will shortly finish his tenure with Yorkshire's second XI, had been one of the original 11 applicants for the job, before withdrawing, then renewing his interest in the role.

He takes the job ahead of current assistant coach Marvan Atapattu and Sussex club coach Mark Davis, who had been the other shortlisted candidates.

"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 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."

Farbrace was assistant coach under Trevor Bayliss from 2007 to 2009, a period in which Sri Lanka rose to No. 2 in the Test rankings and progressed to a World Twenty20 final. He had left the job in order to become Kent's director of cricket, but said he had a "strong affinity for Sri Lanka" at the time of his application for the job.

He was wounded along with seven Sri Lankan players in March 2009 when a dozen gunmen opened fire on their bus in Lahore, Pakistan. He left his post four months after the attack, in which he was struck by a piece of shrapnel in his right arm, and became Kent's director of cricket. He later moved to Yorkshire, stating that he wanted to rediscover his joy in developing young players.

His first assignment will be at the Asia Cup in Bangladesh in February. He will then coach the team at the next World Twenty20, which is also due to be held in Bangladesh in March-April.

Atapattu is believed to have been the strongest challenger to Farbrace in the final discussions. But there were doubts about whether he could establish full control of a side which still features his former teammates Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan. Jayawardene had also been Atapattu's captain from 2005 to 2007.

The committee to nominate the coach had been headed by former Sri Lanka cricketer and club stalwart Ranjit Fernando, and included chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya, secretary Nishantha Ranatunga and head of coaching Jerome Jayaratne.

The current coach, Graham Ford is expected complete the ongoing series of three Tests, five one-day internationals and two Twenty20 games against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

Yorkshire confirmed that they received an official approach from SLC on December 7 and reluctantly agreed to release a man whose work with the next generation of players at Headingley had been widely commended.

"Paul's departure is a loss," said Yorkshire chairman Colin Graves. "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."

Farbrace joined Yorkshire as part of a coaching shake-up which saw Jason Gillespie take over as first-team coach in 2010. His return to Headingley will be relatively swift: Sri Lanka face England in the opening Test series of the summer next June."

Yorkshire's director of cricket, Martyn Moxon, said: "Paul has made a huge impact during his tenure at Headingley. 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."

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  • Md on December 26, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Wish you all the best paul..............

  • Dummy4 on December 22, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Hope it will be a good decision.

  • Kumara on December 21, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    Congrats for the new coach. He seems to be an ideal person for SL team situation. After watching SLPL and few domestic T20 matches I was of the view we are lacking real talent. But I had to change my opinion after watching some matches in the ongoing premier league one-day tournament. In SL there is hardly any live broadcast for domestic matches so until this tournament I could see the youngsters only from few T20 matches. There are definitely some talented players. One example; Vaas named few promising fast bowlers in one of his interviews recently. One bowler was Rukmal Fernando but I couldn't find a player with that name anywhere, instead the closest to that name was Lasanda Rukmal (he might have changed his name). And I saw his bowling in one of the matches. No surprise if Vaasy picked him, got a nice smooth action and he bowled some good out-swingers at lively pace generating good bounce. Like that there are talents but need to make sure they play more competitive cricket.

  • Janaka on December 21, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    @yorkslanka: I don't know, mate. Malinga is a great bowler. What I mean is, we should have a squad, rather a team. Every player must be trained from time to time. They all should be given a match. We should keep everybody exercised with matches, mentally and physically. This is a process. And I expect the people like Shaminda, Kithruwan, Vithanage, Kaushal Silva to get good training. I think pacemen are the most important in that aspect. Like Aussies have several pacemen being rotated, we should have a good method. I'm not a great fan of that, but I like the idea. Squad rather a team :)

  • Nilantha on December 21, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    I agree with you Prabash- in my opinion, malinga should be dropped and replaced by Eranga. As you say, yes he got hit around by MSD but there are a lot of bowlers who could say that. Mali is not bowling well at present and we all know his limitations when it comes to batting & fielding. Eranga needs time to learn his trade at the top level before the 2015 WC as he will be spearheading the bowling there...

  • Dummy4 on December 21, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    please check MJ and KC stats with LT and DC stats before say they are not good ODI playears ,MJ & KC didn't become greats in just 2-3 years ,KC in his first 56 matches ave only 25.06 with best score is 85 batted at no 4-5 most time,while LT in his 56 matches ave 27.70 with best score 102*.MJ first 69 matches ave only 26.38 with best score is 128.DC in his 71 matches ave 30.92 with best score 111.So please give them time before making judgement about them ,yes lot of T20 played these days but greats don't born i just few years.I am sure these two can be the next MJ and KC for us(Also reminds me of Aravinda and Gura in 1996).And with another Jayasuriya at sight in the form of KJP and another Dharmasena in sight in the form of Senanayaka,And with captain cool Mathews we just need to find another Murali and vass to complete our 2014/2018 world cup squad :)

  • Janaka on December 21, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    It's nice that someone who loves our country most, has become our national coach. Like Tony Greig loved Sri Lanka, feel emotional hearing that he loves our country this much. Of course, all wants success, wealth, but in this world, people have done unbelievable things, because of the emotions related to them. Last time, I was criticizing SLC for not having confidence in their decision. I think this is the best decision. Thank you SLC. All the best Paul Farbrace... I hope you will be the coach of a world cup winning team. And may be the rank 1 Test team, and Wold cup T20 winners. He, Sri Lankans can do it! Go for it!!! Should have confidence.

  • Janaka on December 21, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    I think Sri Lanka is wasting Shaminda Eranga. He can bowl in 140-150 continuously. SLC must take care of him. He just got hammered by Dhoni, and ever since, he is out of the squad. Next world cup will be in Australia, where Shaminda is the best weapon to do enough damage. But, he is not experienced. This guy needs experience. So, please give him at least one match in every 4 matches. Otherwise, the same happened to Dilhara Fernando will happen to Shaminda. But, Shaminda is much much intelligent than Dilhara. Dilhara had the best of the talent, but he never controlled himself properly, and didn't correct his mistakes. It's very sad. So, yet again, we have an engine with sheer power, it's SLC's duty to create the proper vehicle from that.

  • Dummy4 on December 21, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    KCMATHEWS - I am personally big fan of Thisara.. After Sanath quit, i just coulodn't see one hard hitting guy in srlankan coming up and after years this guy landed.. Personally, after sanath, thisara perera is my favourite.. now ofcourse, little kushal jenith... the problem here is thisara is taking his place for granted.. Rash shots, no proper execution, and when team is need to save wckets, he gets out cheaply and exposes tail... Yes, i agree, his style of batting suits T20 because even if he gets out, doesn't cuse much damage as there will be very less overs left anyway.. But in ODIs beacuse of his careless batting, and his ways of swinging his bat in all ways possible, srilanka are loosing quick wickets in succession and a match which looks in favour of lankans is just turning the other way.. Hope, all srilankan fans will be of this view... And about hard hitting, and clearing boundaries, it may be required in 2/10 matches, the other 8 matches there will be a need for crease occupa

  • Kevin on December 21, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    Bimal - you are correct...thirimanne is useless in t20...his style doesn't suite no.5 & 6 positions...for ODI and tests he is okay...And Dharanidhar - why thisara mate? he is going through a tough phase these days...dont forget he can clear the ropes easily...i think he is the best person to bat at no.6...along with sachi and seeku his all round abilities are vital for us to win the t20 wc next year

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