Sri Lanka news April 20, 2014

Chaos threatens to engulf SL again

The possible departure of Paul Farbrace will cause fresh tumult for Sri Lanka, just two weeks after their World T20 win sparked scenes of jubilation
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For almost 18 years, there was hardly a better time to be a Sri Lanka cricket fan than the past two weeks. The WT20 party hurtled seamlessly into the Sinhala and Tamil New Year in one uninterrupted sequence of exploding firecrackers, and the nation drew deep from the taste and noise of success. But two weeks is all you get. As the head coach contemplates jumping ship, euphoria has begun to dissolve with the onset of monsoon rains, leaving behind hardier features of the Sri Lanka fan's existence: frustration and uncertainty.

The full story behind Paul Farbrace's potential departure is not yet clear but, while he had been well-regarded within the team, unconfirmed tales of discontent with SLC have already begun to emerge. Before taking the job, Farbrace had spoken of an "affinity" for Sri Lanka and its players since his time as the team's assistant coach from 2007 to 2009, and perhaps he will have known that to thrive in Sri Lanka, an affinity for chaos is also required. Chaos is what he got when Sri Lanka set out to the World T20 with central contracts unsigned, only to win the tournament, before senior players publically slammed board officials minutes after the team had landed.

That Farbrace will have been offered a bigger salary by the ECB is almost certain, and even if SLC was not crippled by debt, it could hardly hope to match the England board's financial might. Sri Lanka's cricketers play unpaid for months because they feel it is their duty but a foreigner is not bound by such virtue. SLC has also confirmed Farbrace is on a six-month probationary period, which may mean Farbrace can walk out of his contract with few repercussions, though SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said on Sunday that the exact legal consequences have not yet been worked out.

If Farbrace is appointed England's assistant coach, Sri Lanka will be in considerable strife. They are weeks from undertaking their biggest overseas tour of the year, and fewer than 12 months out from a World Cup they have built methodically for since 2012. A recent history of ODI success in Australia and their general global tournament form has the team believing they can win back-to-back ICC titles, but to make a dramatic change to the coaching staff at this stage may be counter-productive. That said, so often in Sri Lankan cricket, the team triumphs not only in spite of upheaval, but seemingly because of it.

There might be a karmic symmetry to Farbrace quitting on short notice, after having made no efforts to communicate with the board - in January 2012, Geoff Marsh was dumped by Sri Lanka, also after having little over three months in the role

"Upheaval motivates the players," Kumar Sangakkara recently said of the World T20 win. "It's a really strange position to be in, because I actually don't know what would happen if everything is hunky-dory and we have nothing fight about or argue about."

Among the most dispiriting aspects of Farbrace going to England is that Sri Lanka would yield significant strategic ground to an opponent they are desperate to defeat. Sri Lanka might have hoped Farbrace would provide intimate knowledge of England players he has coached in the past, as well as of the Headingley surface on which they will play the second Test, but that steel-capped boot would have switched feet. Farbrace knows exactly what quicks Suranga Lakmal and Shaminda Eranga can do. He knows which weaknesses Dimuth Karunaratne is working on, and the scoring areas Lahiru Thirimanne likes.

Sri Lanka's coach is expected to be in Colombo on Monday and, if he has not yet made up his mind, the board will have one final crack at convincing him to stay. They had similar negotiations with Graham Ford last year, who was unmoved by the board's pleas, after he chose not to renew his contract following a two-year stint. Ford cited family reasons for his departure, before taking a job with Surrey, but had spoken glowingly of the group of players he "had the pleasure" to work with. Whatever Farbrace's reasons for considering the England job, the players themselves are likely to have only enhanced his brief experience with Sri Lanka.

As many on social media noted, there might be a karmic symmetry to Farbrace quitting on short notice, after having made no efforts to communicate with the board. In January 2012, Geoff Marsh was dumped by Sri Lanka, also after having little over three months in the role. He said at the time: "I only had one meeting with the board, and that was the goodbye one."

SLC has already paid, literally, and metaphorically for that sacking, having recently had to cough up an undisclosed sum for suddenly terminating his employment. The reputation the board earned with that decision, in addition to its limited funds, had made the hunt for a new coach more arduous in the wake of Ford's departure.

If Farbrace goes, they will begin the process of searching for the team's seventh head coach (including two interim appointments) in four years. Perhaps having won the World T20 will make the next search easier. Perhaps SLC's reputation has been so irreparably damaged internationally, the board will have to appoint a head coach from within the country - a move it decided against in December. Perhaps the uncontracted players will ignore the tumult as usual, or maybe it is the episode that snaps even their fortitude. Wild turbulence has shaken Sri Lankan cricket for some years now. It is little short of a miracle the entire machine has not crashed.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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  • vkumar_086. on April 23, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    @vkias and Englishcricket, haha keep dreaming with pure nonsense! Of course Sri Lanka haa plenty of youngsters like Kusal Perera, Kithruwan Vithanage, Sachithra Senanayake, Thisara Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews and Ashan Priyanjan. Our batsmen can take the overrated England and Indian bowling attack to the cleaners. We are the 2015 World Champions!

  • vkumar_086 on April 22, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    @EnglishCricket...yes its true mate...im very eagerly waiting for how this overrated SL team will perform after its LEGENDS retire from international cricket, the day is not far, may be it will come soon after the 2015 WC...England is going through transition phase and building young team....just like India....it will be one sided tournament when SL tour England

  • EnglishCricket on April 22, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    Sri Lanka are an overrated team. They have had a successful 2014 thus far due to their 6 senior players in Herath, Mendis, Malinga, Sanga, Jaya and Dilshan all who aged over 30 and beyond. They will go downhill easily without them so enjoy the good times remaining Sri Lanka fans because it clearly won't last. Our young England team will show you how its done next month can't wait so good luck!!!

  • vkumar_086 on April 21, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    @ SriLankanYoungBlood ....mate i was telling about IPL because your country men blaming INDIA for everything....if your coach left your team, what mistake INDIA did, plz come out of that habit of seeing with yellow eye first...its due to poor management of SLC...im not hearing this for the first time....dont forget IPL gave life for many international players also, IPL is a great platform to learn new things and share experience....this time BCCI allowed young ranaji players to play along with international players...really very good move it is, SLC should learn this type of management...

    These world class players of SA, Aus, WI struggled in WT20 because of bad quality pitches prepared by BCB for T20 matches....no team crossed 200 run mark in the WCT20....even this mark was breached twice in your country when 2012 WC played....dont forget Aus won 4 WC's, SA reached semis of almost all WC's it played, India won all ICC events at least once

  • vkumar_086 on April 21, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    SL is the first country to let the coach who won the world cup for them....congrats

  • vkumar_086 on April 21, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    @Sanjaya Munasinghe...keep dreaming mate....WC 2015 is going to held in Australia and not in lucky ground of BD....IPL is our domestic tourney, we have all the rights to include/exclude which players in that...instead of blaming INDIA for everything....SL fans should urge their cricket board to take care of cricket in their country

  • ramz30380 on April 21, 2014, 19:33 GMT

    @ Sanjaya Munasinghe - Mate, wht has IPL got to do with this?! What has anyone else got to do with this? Look at SLC - they have changed 7 coaches in 4 years! Is tht a good sign?! I dont think so - it only means there is no sense of direction.

    A majority of SL players werent chosen becoz of their unavailability for a full season of IPL. If u had noticed the Eng players werent chosen either for the same reason!

    @LeoE agreed partially. But the state of affairs that the SLC and players were in before the WC - it needed a good head to bring them all together in spite of what was happening at the background. Farbrace did that & u need to give him credit for it. The players were comforatable around him which is very imp in a team game!

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on April 21, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    @vkias IPL is just only Domestic Tournament which not reflect the International T20 Cricket. Eg:Other than Ind, Aus and SA the fill the Second and Third Majority of IPL players. But Aus could only beat BD and they lost all other teams in the last T20WC. SA totally struggling in whole tournament and they could beat NZ,ENG and Associate Dutch in last over. These team could spread 6's in allover @ IPL but totally struggling in Major Tournaments. But SL Non T20 players play much better than Aus and SA.every time they come to finals. In this Coaching thing i prefer foreign than local.

  • vkumar_086 on April 21, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    @Sanjaya Munasinghe...keep dreaming mate....WC 2015 is going to held in Australia and not in lucky ground of BD....IPL is our domestic tourney, we have all the rights to include/exclude which players in that...instead of blaming INDIA for everything....SL fans should urge their cricket board to take care of cricket in their country

  • vkumar_086 on April 21, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    SL is the first country to let the coach who won the world cup for them....congrats

  • vkumar_086. on April 23, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    @vkias and Englishcricket, haha keep dreaming with pure nonsense! Of course Sri Lanka haa plenty of youngsters like Kusal Perera, Kithruwan Vithanage, Sachithra Senanayake, Thisara Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews and Ashan Priyanjan. Our batsmen can take the overrated England and Indian bowling attack to the cleaners. We are the 2015 World Champions!

  • vkumar_086 on April 22, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    @EnglishCricket...yes its true mate...im very eagerly waiting for how this overrated SL team will perform after its LEGENDS retire from international cricket, the day is not far, may be it will come soon after the 2015 WC...England is going through transition phase and building young team....just like India....it will be one sided tournament when SL tour England

  • EnglishCricket on April 22, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    Sri Lanka are an overrated team. They have had a successful 2014 thus far due to their 6 senior players in Herath, Mendis, Malinga, Sanga, Jaya and Dilshan all who aged over 30 and beyond. They will go downhill easily without them so enjoy the good times remaining Sri Lanka fans because it clearly won't last. Our young England team will show you how its done next month can't wait so good luck!!!

  • vkumar_086 on April 21, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    @ SriLankanYoungBlood ....mate i was telling about IPL because your country men blaming INDIA for everything....if your coach left your team, what mistake INDIA did, plz come out of that habit of seeing with yellow eye first...its due to poor management of SLC...im not hearing this for the first time....dont forget IPL gave life for many international players also, IPL is a great platform to learn new things and share experience....this time BCCI allowed young ranaji players to play along with international players...really very good move it is, SLC should learn this type of management...

    These world class players of SA, Aus, WI struggled in WT20 because of bad quality pitches prepared by BCB for T20 matches....no team crossed 200 run mark in the WCT20....even this mark was breached twice in your country when 2012 WC played....dont forget Aus won 4 WC's, SA reached semis of almost all WC's it played, India won all ICC events at least once

  • vkumar_086 on April 21, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    SL is the first country to let the coach who won the world cup for them....congrats

  • vkumar_086 on April 21, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    @Sanjaya Munasinghe...keep dreaming mate....WC 2015 is going to held in Australia and not in lucky ground of BD....IPL is our domestic tourney, we have all the rights to include/exclude which players in that...instead of blaming INDIA for everything....SL fans should urge their cricket board to take care of cricket in their country

  • ramz30380 on April 21, 2014, 19:33 GMT

    @ Sanjaya Munasinghe - Mate, wht has IPL got to do with this?! What has anyone else got to do with this? Look at SLC - they have changed 7 coaches in 4 years! Is tht a good sign?! I dont think so - it only means there is no sense of direction.

    A majority of SL players werent chosen becoz of their unavailability for a full season of IPL. If u had noticed the Eng players werent chosen either for the same reason!

    @LeoE agreed partially. But the state of affairs that the SLC and players were in before the WC - it needed a good head to bring them all together in spite of what was happening at the background. Farbrace did that & u need to give him credit for it. The players were comforatable around him which is very imp in a team game!

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on April 21, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    @vkias IPL is just only Domestic Tournament which not reflect the International T20 Cricket. Eg:Other than Ind, Aus and SA the fill the Second and Third Majority of IPL players. But Aus could only beat BD and they lost all other teams in the last T20WC. SA totally struggling in whole tournament and they could beat NZ,ENG and Associate Dutch in last over. These team could spread 6's in allover @ IPL but totally struggling in Major Tournaments. But SL Non T20 players play much better than Aus and SA.every time they come to finals. In this Coaching thing i prefer foreign than local.

  • vkumar_086 on April 21, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    @Sanjaya Munasinghe...keep dreaming mate....WC 2015 is going to held in Australia and not in lucky ground of BD....IPL is our domestic tourney, we have all the rights to include/exclude which players in that...instead of blaming INDIA for everything....SL fans should urge their cricket board to take care of cricket in their country

  • vkumar_086 on April 21, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    SL is the first country to let the coach who won the world cup for them....congrats

  • Ravanaa on April 21, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    I too agree with LeoE. Arjuna is another option. There are few others. We know what Arjuna can do. SL cricket is a totally different phenomenon. SL is not england. Understanding the local breed is not what most coaches could do. It requires more than coaching cricket. SL cricketers reflect that they need unique character for leadership and guidance. It is better to look for local talent.

  • SLMaster on April 21, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    I wonder what SL has in contract. If not they should bring clause for non-compete agreement, which individuals at that level cannot join another competing team or organization without heavy penalty.

  • SLMaster on April 21, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    I agree with LeoE, there is too much credit to Paul. Paul is part of the success. No one did it single handedly. A coach need to have talented and compassionate team to bring them to success.

  • LeoE on April 21, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    It was Mahela who won the semi final against New Zealand. It was Sanga and Malinga who won the finals. Farbace came three months before the T20 and and some people think that he was responsible for the trophy. That's puerile and naïve. In 1981 when Sri Lanka was awarded test status, it was none other than Sir Garfield Sobers who was the first Head coach. We never had a decent coach after that although many were tried and tested. In 1994 and 1995 we had the great Duleep Mendis as Chairman of Selectors, Manager and Head Coach. He built the Superman team that won the World Cup in Lahore 1996. However, Dav Whatmore joining the team three months earlier, hijacked all the credit the bouquets as the World Cup winning coach. Whatmore never looked back. His life was never the same again. Farbace has also been unduly credited with the T 20 cup but his departure will not create the slightest dent in the Sri Lankan armoury. If you do need to shed a tear it must be for people like Duleep Mendis.

  • ReezColombo on April 21, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    I prefer Roy Dias as our head coach

  • John_Geo on April 21, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    Paul Farbrace's possible disengagement has been exaggerated way too far. As per the article, his appointment dates back to few months and that too is a probationary stint. That itself is an indication that SLCB did not have much faith in Paul to begin with. As we can recall, Paul was appointed as a last resort having exhausted repeated attempts to secure a better coach.

    Due to his short spell (as coach), one wonders what his contribution has been for SL winning the T20 world cup. With due respect to his skills, it cannot be possible that his contribution had an overwhelming impact on the T20 tournament.

    Due to this hype, Paul has become a coach everybody talks about. To be fair to Paul, he has a perfect right to accept a job that gives him better satisfaction. End of the day it is just another job. We all should be able to leave our current jobs for better prospects. We cannot expect Paul to be emotionally attached to the Sri Lankan team. This is silly.

  • Darkmanx12155 on April 21, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    What is this big haa hoo about him leaving? He must be with a 6 month probation and if he gets a better pay, (and of-course a better team with professional cricket board) Why would he turn it down??? Any of the guys who has commented here saying what paul did was wrong, would do the same thing if it happens to them. ECB must be paying him 10 times more than what SLC is paying him and he will be equipped with much better training facilities. He won the Asia cup and the T20 world cup for Sri Lanka with in 2 months and proved his point to the world. Now its his time.

  • wmendis on April 21, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    Coaching a team and leaving the side he caoched is normal, but when a team preparing for an upcoming series leaving and joining the opposite side is very wrong as he can influence the side with all short comings and strengths of the side he coached.

    ICC must bring some sort of ruling that a coach cannot join the opposite side when the two Countries have a series within 6 months.

    Sri Lanka have a series less than 6 months with England, hence the Coach should not allow joining England before the series.

  • on April 21, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    I think some big countries are involved in this matter.It is a master plan to bring our performance down.They have realize that our team is capable of winning 2015 WC.Thats why they ignore our players inIPL 2014,insted invested on others.If we handle our resourses well we can win both WC & Test championship.

  • ramz30380 on April 21, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    SLC does it again! Its not the first time we are hearing this and it wont be the last! Who in the world wud want to let go of a coach who helped win a World Cup?!!! Shudnt they be giving it all to make him stay?! He was instrumental in the WCT20 win with the kind of upset mindset the players had before the tournament - he ensured that all of them including the two legends came over that.....

    Wake up SLC - u dont support ur players, u dont support ur coaching staff.... wht else are u doing in the name of management???!!!! Losing a head coach with less than 12 months to the ODI WC is not a good sign!

  • indiancricketfan12 on April 21, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    SLC should bring Arjuna Ranatunga as the head coach, as he taught SriLankan's how to win matches and be aggressive.He could bring in some sort of discipline and charisma as this SL team is full of youngsters and the future of SL is theirs.

    Good Luck..

  • mcsdl on April 21, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    Priority should be to win back to back worldcups and also to win more overseas Test serieses... I'd say bring Dav Whatmore back - He will fit in well with Sri Lankan team & to get back to glory days of 96' - just like Brazilian football team did with bringing 2002 WC winning coach Filippe Scholari back.....!

  • Metro-ant on April 21, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    Whoever coaches Sri Lanka next whether foreign or local will either doing it to further their international coaching career and/or will be doing it for the benefit of the players more so than for any affection they may have for the board. The decision to sack Geoff Marsh will paralyze SLC until reform is made to make sure such an incident does not occur again. I would go on my knees to get a bloke like Greg Chappell on board or at least Mickey Arthur but sadly the big dollars ain't here.

  • on April 21, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    fabrace did some job for us.we have to accept the truth.but in this situation no need to defend on him.let him go if he needs.it's time to test home blood.cheers (y)

  • MH19 on April 21, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    We need to go for a Aussie coach and will be a better choice considering the world cup.Extra incentive for a good coach is a must and results will be better

  • on April 21, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    It is better to have PAK or IND coaches.

  • on April 21, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    when we have mahela , Sanga , Sanath , Athapattu , Vaas and Dilshan in dressing room why should we panic because a former English first class player left us?

  • yorkslanka on April 21, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    I think as Lord arms worth said, bringing back Dav Whatmore with Marvan , and Vaasy&Murali for the bowling would be the ideal situation for us...

  • on April 21, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    As an Englishman I love Sri Lankan cricket and its cricketers and have had the pleasure of playing with good Sri Lankan pros. However, cricket authorities in Sri Lanka are hopeless, chaotic and their history is littered with "difficult" situations that always seem to end up with the players getting stitched up. Such a shame

  • THOR7 on April 21, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    Nothing against our coaches guys but they can be facing situations where their hands are tight and certain decisions to be taken in the sole interest in saving their jobs. I think Stephan Fleming, Shane Warne or even Gary Kirstan can be a good choice. They have been with the Asian teams and look how good they have done for their teams. Particularly look at RR when Shane Warne was the captain/coach of the team. No big names but won the title. Look how well guys like Rahane, Jadeja, Pathan performed under him. We will get a world of good from an aggressive coach like Warne. Fleming on the other hand has proved him self with CSK. Five time finalists out of six shows how consistent his team is.. Pay them a good salary and get one of them for the job. 2015 world cup will be ours. Afterall, These 2 gentleman are from the world cup hosting countries.

  • on April 21, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    When will this Asian thinking going to change. We Asians thinks that only a white man can do this job. All the non- Asian countries go for their own man for as a coach. But we the Sri Lankans , Indians, Pakistanis , Bangladeshis all wants imported white man to coach them. On the other side our teams go and beat them mostly.

    This thinking has to change. Common SLC change this. Go for Marvan. Until out best cricketing engineer Mahela is ready take over. That's my dream.

  • THOR7 on April 21, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    If he wants to go, let him go. I dont think he did much anyways. Players did it for him . Lets look at getting Stephan Fleming for the job.

  • on April 21, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    If Farbace leave Sri Lanka then it will a case of history repeating itself. We all know soon after the 1996 victory, Whatmore had to leave as coach and on that occasion it was not he who decided about his departure. This time it will the coach who will decide on his departure.

  • on April 21, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    Rahul Dravid is good too!

  • on April 21, 2014, 4:38 GMT

    Ethically wrong for ECB to "grab" Farbrace, particularly at a juncture when SL are to lock horns with England soon. But what value ethics when money is always in the forefront nowadays.

    Let him go, we will more than manage with our local supremos and it will be a brilliant tussle in England and as Sanga said upheaval will motivate the players and England is in for a thrashing.

  • on April 21, 2014, 4:12 GMT

    Take Chandika Haturusinghe he knows Australian conditions too (Bigbash).

  • ajithabey on April 21, 2014, 3:51 GMT

    Let go of coaches who want to quit.SL has immense talent and potential locally to manage with Marvan as batting coach, Vaas as bowling coach and Kalpage as the fielding coach combined with the vast experience of a core group of players like Mahela,Sanga,Dilshan,Herath & Malinga to steer Sri Lanka. All we need is a Cricket Coordinator and Michael Zoysa has proved to be a competent person to coordinate these functions effectively and efficiently. I think it is time to look at home grown professionals who are committed to ensure that SL performs at optimum level at all times instead of running around to find overseas professionals who have not shown the commitment to embrace Sri Lanka Cricket with any commitment other than looking at what they could get out of Sri Lanka Cricket by way of huge salaries and other perks. Hopefully the cricket administrators will make this paradigm shift for the betterment of Sri Lanka Cricket.

  • dunger.bob on April 21, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    @ Wolverine77: The only problem with recruiting high profile people is, and there's really no delicate way to say this, they expect to be paid and paid on time. .. In the end it gets down to money, or the lack of it. Sad but true. It's probably been like that since money was invented all those thousands of years ago.

  • TZ9383 on April 21, 2014, 3:45 GMT

    I think Farbrace is do very little for resent success and support staff is doing the job for Sri Lanka and we have good qualified local coaches likes of Hathurusinha, Marvan

  • RIZAN18 on April 21, 2014, 3:45 GMT

    Dave Whatmore and Fabregas became popular not because of their coaching but just because Sri Lanka won ODI & WT20 World Cup during their period, If we had lost the World Cup they would have disappeared even without anyone knowing

  • gosh01 on April 21, 2014, 3:21 GMT

    The only reason Farbrace got the job was because he had some time with the Lankans as an assistant coach. So no big deal in him leaving because to be honest, given the teams reason exploits we should be able to get a better coach. But the only beef i got with Farbrace may be leaving for an Englang job when the next tour (the biggest this year for the team) is to be against the english in about a months time.

  • RavFe on April 21, 2014, 1:12 GMT

    Well... this is bit surprising move by Farbrace but the thing is when it comes to cricket, Coach commitment during the game is far less than games like Soccer or FB. I believe SL need a more like a game planner than a Coach. if you had a look at the SL team most of them are all rounders which helps when it comes to selections. But this case SL should more concern about getting a local Coach than international. It is true that SL won two titles under Two months of assistance by Farbrace but 100% credit goes to Players hard work. Simply... why.. no one can make a massive different in a team less than Two months. They are unique players and they do their own thing so SL seriously should think about having a coach who plan well does not need to be International as SL got plenty of Local talent.. Best wishes SLC... :):)

  • on April 21, 2014, 1:07 GMT

    Dear Ruskhan;

    You mentioned just the reason why Farbace was so instrumental in getting Sri Lanka to win two titles back to back; "Farby himself has pointed out that he mostly is engaged with steadying the players and getting them into the right frame of mind before games."

    This is what our players lacked in a very high pressure final situation, thus lost 4 finals before Farbace addressed the mental side of it and got us to win an Asia cup after a long time and a ICC world cup after 18 long years. Previous head coaches nor our players themselves didn't know how to deal with the final's pressure. Most of the posters here have no idea what a head coach could do to the mental side of players, thus they don't have any clue of the value provided to our team by a coach like Paul Farbace. If we could win tournaments without Farbace, how come we didn't do it until he became our heard coach?

  • on April 20, 2014, 23:33 GMT

    " It is little short of a miracle the entire machine has not crashed." - Indeed it is a testament of the player's character, led by their seniors, that they haven't let any of these political games and mismanagement effect their onfield performance negatively. Sri Lanka has its podium-finish, world-cup-winning team. What it needs now are better men to support them and back them up in the administration on the path to the World Cup and beyond. We need practical men, strategists with experience local and abroad, who are able to aid our cricketers and turn this train wreck around.

  • on April 20, 2014, 23:24 GMT

    SL board is in disarray. Get the ship in shape.Too much politics and interference. Any one would want to jump ship when there is chaos.Accolades to SL players for doing a great job with all these adversities. Our whole hearted support for the SL players.

  • on April 20, 2014, 23:22 GMT

    Get KP as a player/manager.

  • cricket_slcsupport on April 20, 2014, 22:41 GMT

    Bring in our own people, why not Roy Dias, Bandulla Warnapura don't know if Aravinda would take up the job.

  • Htc-Android on April 20, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    Fabrace is the one who kept on asking SLC for a coaching role even after knowing the fact that the pay is going to be low. Now why he wants to leave the team now? Remember SL were looking for Fleming, Whatmore..etc for coaching during that time.

  • on April 20, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    Well nothing to panic. We have talent. Coach is just someone who can collect and mentor that talent to perform well. We Sri Lankans have enough talent in Cricket. Go for a good local coach....Even Marven is great.

  • on April 20, 2014, 19:45 GMT

    Nothing will go wrong if Paul need to leave let him go peacefully try to appoint whatmore instead of Paul, Dave is our world cup wining coach so bring back without hesitation

  • Herath-UK on April 20, 2014, 19:40 GMT

    Chaos created by a country that promised to protect cricket globally. Where are the leaders?

  • on April 20, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    I think SL doesn't care about losing fabrace... cuz there team is hard working, Aggressive team.well said not like football coach, cricket coach don't have much activities in the game and SL had reached finals+Semifinals with many different coaches in recent years.. so it won't be a problem....

  • Afta on April 20, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    Coaches benefit in their international careers after a stint with Sri Lanka. That's because the team does well in most international tournaments. That being said, Why do coaches also leave and never want to come back. I don't know its to do with the team or the administration. May be both or just one. I think in Paul's case it may be the latter. Also, one cannot blame Farbrace for walking out on his contract, he's on probation for six months. He has had no guaranties that SLC will contract him for two years. So why not take on a job with guaranteed enhancement. Any team needs a cohesive management, and the selectors, coach and the captain work towards it with the players. The administrative part should only oversee the entire benefit of the team and its staff. So, when there is discontentment and no guaranties things go wrong.

  • DwightR on April 20, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    another opportunity to look at Stephen Fleming...the best available candidate out there...according to the SLC they do not want to hire Atappatu as head coach until guys like Herath, Dilshan, Sanga n Mahela (all guys he has directly played with) have retired...which means we can't look internally till after 2015 WC. Fleming is the man!

  • on April 20, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    yeh.. Paul could have been instrumental in loosing the final phobia of our team. So its time to move on. if Paul decide to go, let him do so. He will miss the joy of coaching a great set of players with immense talent. If so SLC.... please dont go for a foreign coach.. consider 1.Hathurusingha, 2.Roy Dias 3. Marvan... these guys more than capable.. especialy Hathurusingha who has good experience of Australia which will be handy for WC2015. and this will be a blessing in disguise.

  • on April 20, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    Actualy FORD with Marvan & Vass made this team. So Forget about Farbrace, he did nothing to develope the team. But Sure England team will know all SL players weak points . We have Marvan, whoh is the BEST for the job.

  • Nmiduna on April 20, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    Guys, i think andrew's trying to tell us not only about this specific issue, but on the whole how bad SLC was in recent years. we often think that players are greedy of money, some of our past players emphasis the fact, but nobody speaks enough of how boards like ECB pays far higher salaries to their players so that even though they don't play in the IPL, the monetary loss is not huge and how it is a far significant loss for our players, and nobody talks enough of how our players(including malinga) played without a salary for months. people so often talk that players are driven by money, but they don't understand what things our players bear relative to players around the world. it's pretty saddening at times to hear people bashing them without proper understanding of the bigger picture, but glad andrew and cricinfo exists :)

  • LoveLanka on April 20, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    As per the agreements may be this could have happen any where around the world. but i am sure with the current situation in England cricket, they have forgotten that they are the gentlmen of the game... in other ways, this is pure STEALING power of BIG THREE.. ..... you have power.. you have money... but innocent wishes and thought of fans and people of SL are may be poor in wealth.. BUT RICH IN HEARTS...... one cannot buy everything for money & power.... T20 WORLD CUP was one of those... i was really pleased with Mr.Farbrace's attitude as he was here before.... but to betray us like this is something extra oridinary... with is few feeks he was a coash of a world cup winning team... if he thinks that just because of who he is... he will come to know the reality with ENG team.. i still want believe that this is just a rumour... but if this is done and dusted... see you in ENG tour Mr.Farbrace....

  • on April 20, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    No lost to SL. He came when SL boys were on a winning streak. I doubt he had much to do with the team on his own admission. He cannot claim any of the success the team has achieved. He was hardly there with the team to make any changes. We have Marvan Attapattu who is the chosen one!!!. I am sure Marvan will make a good job as the coach. We have Vass as a good bowling coach. Come on SL we do not use foreign players and we certainly do not need foreign coaches. Go for it on our own and we will continue to win more and more.

  • Anu15 on April 20, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    I do not get what all the fuss is about.. this is not football where the coach pretty much controls all the tactics etc.. he should be allowed to leave and SL should look for a young coach from SRI LANKA... we have plenty of hopefull coaches.. let them have the job... again i stress this guy is not jose mourinho or alex fergurson!

  • Kotuwegogoda on April 20, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    This news has come at an inopportune time for both SLC and it's players. Contractual terms should provide clauses for jettisoning commitments of completing the tenure. In this case Paul or ECB should be fully responsible to foot the bill and consequences that emanate to recruit a suitable replacement.

    Internationally Cricket Boards should adhere to certain norms etiquette and behaviours no matter big or small and wield financial clout or not. Onus to maintain such etiquette would be on ICC.

    Leaving a cricket board high and dry would only means that recent amendment to century old regulations have started its fears expressed initially by South Africa, Srilanka, Pakistan. It's therefore ICC to assure an unbiased attitude towards full and associate members no matter big or small.

    It's time pull up the socks and stand be counted.

  • Rick777 on April 20, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    Our players do not need any foreigners with unproven track records. We have the fire power within us. Appoint Hathuru or Marvan as Head coach. We have Vass & Murali for the future. Who else do we need.

  • on April 20, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Get Huthurusinghe back.He was once with the SriLankan Team and had the respect and the recommendation of the seniors like Sanga.

  • Wolverine77 on April 20, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    Get Garry Kirsten or Stephan Fleming. Or even try to get Shane Warne. Those guys will help this super team to get the 2015 World cup to Sri Lanka..

  • SL_Boy on April 20, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    How about getting KP ...

  • on April 20, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    Brilliant work Andrew!!! This is where I think SLC has best served players...prepare them to handle and overcome such disasters :)

  • on April 20, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    Nothing to Worry Here, the guy was only with us for 2 months. I think Dav Whatmore should be back in SL colors.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on April 20, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    If Pakistan don't appoint Waqar. How about Waqar Younis as SL coach? What would Sri Lankans think about that?

  • on April 20, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    I don't see any reason to panic here. Farby is yet to make his departure official. If he does by any chance, I don't think its the end of the road for SLC. Farby himself has pointed out that he mostly is engaged with steadying the players and getting them into the right frame of mind before games. We got a highly talented bunch of players who individually may not speak volumes, but thrive on team effort and togetherness. If Farby departs there are replacements galore - home-grown like Marvan, Zoysa, etc... and international coaches like Shane Duff who are fit enough to take on the role. That being said, Farby hasn't made it official. We wait...

  • on April 20, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    Tbh the ECB job would be more appealing especially since they would quadruple his salary and maybe internal problems SLC are currently facing also played a part.

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  • on April 20, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    Tbh the ECB job would be more appealing especially since they would quadruple his salary and maybe internal problems SLC are currently facing also played a part.

  • on April 20, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    I don't see any reason to panic here. Farby is yet to make his departure official. If he does by any chance, I don't think its the end of the road for SLC. Farby himself has pointed out that he mostly is engaged with steadying the players and getting them into the right frame of mind before games. We got a highly talented bunch of players who individually may not speak volumes, but thrive on team effort and togetherness. If Farby departs there are replacements galore - home-grown like Marvan, Zoysa, etc... and international coaches like Shane Duff who are fit enough to take on the role. That being said, Farby hasn't made it official. We wait...

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on April 20, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    If Pakistan don't appoint Waqar. How about Waqar Younis as SL coach? What would Sri Lankans think about that?

  • on April 20, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    Nothing to Worry Here, the guy was only with us for 2 months. I think Dav Whatmore should be back in SL colors.

  • on April 20, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    Brilliant work Andrew!!! This is where I think SLC has best served players...prepare them to handle and overcome such disasters :)

  • SL_Boy on April 20, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    How about getting KP ...

  • Wolverine77 on April 20, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    Get Garry Kirsten or Stephan Fleming. Or even try to get Shane Warne. Those guys will help this super team to get the 2015 World cup to Sri Lanka..

  • on April 20, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Get Huthurusinghe back.He was once with the SriLankan Team and had the respect and the recommendation of the seniors like Sanga.

  • Rick777 on April 20, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    Our players do not need any foreigners with unproven track records. We have the fire power within us. Appoint Hathuru or Marvan as Head coach. We have Vass & Murali for the future. Who else do we need.

  • Kotuwegogoda on April 20, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    This news has come at an inopportune time for both SLC and it's players. Contractual terms should provide clauses for jettisoning commitments of completing the tenure. In this case Paul or ECB should be fully responsible to foot the bill and consequences that emanate to recruit a suitable replacement.

    Internationally Cricket Boards should adhere to certain norms etiquette and behaviours no matter big or small and wield financial clout or not. Onus to maintain such etiquette would be on ICC.

    Leaving a cricket board high and dry would only means that recent amendment to century old regulations have started its fears expressed initially by South Africa, Srilanka, Pakistan. It's therefore ICC to assure an unbiased attitude towards full and associate members no matter big or small.

    It's time pull up the socks and stand be counted.