Sri Lanka cricket April 20, 2014

Jayasuriya unhappy at Farbrace conduct

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Sri Lanka's chief selector, Sanath Jayasuriya, has joined the SLC in expressing dismay at news of head coach Paul Farbrace's possible move to England, citing the cost the board bore to have Farbrace released from his Yorkshire contract. Jayasuriya was a member of the panel that vetted applicants and recommended Farbrace for the head coach job.

Jayasuriya has also been the key figure in regenerating the Sri Lanka team in light of imminent high-profile retirements - a task Farbrace was specifically chosen to assist with.

"We negotiated with Yorkshire and even paid his severance fees before getting Farbrace, who was the second eleven coach there, to become the head coach in Sri Lanka," Jayasuriya told Sunday Times. "Now that he has made his credentials he has decided to move on without giving us adequate time to make the necessary adjustments. It's not done by Sri Lanka cricket."

SLC treasurer Nuski Mohamed said that while the board did not pay an official severance fee to Yorkshire, it had covered the local costs of the Yorkshire team's recent pre-season tour of Sri Lanka. That tour had formed the bulk of SLC's official compensation to Yorkshire, in return for securing Farbrace's release.

The board is also unsure if Farbrace can walk out of his SLC contract without any repercussions. There is a clause in the coach's contract which states Farbrace must give six months' notice to the board if he wishes to leave his job, but he is also still within a six-month probationary period, during which that clause may not apply.

"He's on probation with us, but I'm not sure if we're on probation with him," SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said. "As an organisation, the probation is something that we have a hold of. But to be fair by Paul, I'm not sure whether it's applicable in the reverse as well. We need to talk to our legal guys about that."

In any case, Farbrace will meet the board when he arrives in Colombo in Monday. Ranatunga said the board is largely unaware of what transpired in England over the past week, beyond what has played out in public, but said that the SLC was keen to retain Farbrace as long as his passion for the role remained.

"We would like him to be here with true commitment, but if the commitment is not there, then it's not going to work out," he said.

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

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  • PeerieTrow on April 22, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    Right or wrong ethically, Farbrace has gone. His contract with Sri Lanka appears not to have tied him in with respect to such eventualities. However, there were so many voices from the subcontinent extoling the cricketing brain and prowess of KP in the struggle with the now reappointed Moores and in later managerial skirmishes, perhaps Sri Lanka should offer him the job. As to future employment, history shows that such moves will be forgotten if Farbrace proves to be any good, it will merely be seen as a sound tactical career move.

  • THEBEAST7 on April 22, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    How ever much I like to see stephan Fleming or Shane Warne as our head coach, I dont think SLC can afford them. So lets stick to a Sri Lankan for a change. Aravinda de Silva is the man for the job having Marvan as the assistant.

  • on April 22, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    winning Asia cup & icc t20 are not soley due to Paul's intelligence. u can not improve a teams performances within 1 or 2 months. it needs months of commitment by all the parties involved. So same credit has to be given to other coaches as well. But one thing is apparent-PF is a good cricket manager who did necessary changes when needed. I believe SJ decisions were also helped that time. Do if PF wants to leave, let it be in the right legal format.

  • Balumekka on April 22, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    100% agree with Amila Ruwan Meegahawatta!

  • on April 22, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    Let the man go. If ECB thinks Farbrace is the magic behind the Lankans success, they are badky mistaken. If the team can play a world tournament without national contracts and still win the cup while working with the likes of Nishantha Ranathunga, Farbrace leaving for ECB will probably not have an effect on them at all.

  • Sampth on April 22, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    I think this is the most suitable time for Sri Lanka to find a Sri Lankan coach. Because this little island is full of resources in every sections. Could you believe Batting Coach: Marvan Attapattu, Fast balling coach: Chaminda Vaas (former- Anusha Samaranayaka) and also fielding coach Ruwan Kalpage. So I think Sri Lankans got the challenge.

  • on April 22, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    aravinda de silva should be a head coach

  • Hasi21 on April 22, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    Oh...Paul, You going to miss another World Cup title...

  • on April 22, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    Why Don't sanath Jayasuriya Becomes the Coach of srilankan cricket Team...In case of Farbrace Money Took Him away..

  • DingDong420 on April 22, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    The Sri Lankan board treats its players abysmally, they shouldn't talk about ethics.

    Having said that Farbrace has made his name at Sri Lanka and has won the Asia Cup & Wt20 in the last couple of months why would you want to go to England as an assistant. Keep getting results at Sri Lanka and you can get the head job wherever you want

  • PeerieTrow on April 22, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    Right or wrong ethically, Farbrace has gone. His contract with Sri Lanka appears not to have tied him in with respect to such eventualities. However, there were so many voices from the subcontinent extoling the cricketing brain and prowess of KP in the struggle with the now reappointed Moores and in later managerial skirmishes, perhaps Sri Lanka should offer him the job. As to future employment, history shows that such moves will be forgotten if Farbrace proves to be any good, it will merely be seen as a sound tactical career move.

  • THEBEAST7 on April 22, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    How ever much I like to see stephan Fleming or Shane Warne as our head coach, I dont think SLC can afford them. So lets stick to a Sri Lankan for a change. Aravinda de Silva is the man for the job having Marvan as the assistant.

  • on April 22, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    winning Asia cup & icc t20 are not soley due to Paul's intelligence. u can not improve a teams performances within 1 or 2 months. it needs months of commitment by all the parties involved. So same credit has to be given to other coaches as well. But one thing is apparent-PF is a good cricket manager who did necessary changes when needed. I believe SJ decisions were also helped that time. Do if PF wants to leave, let it be in the right legal format.

  • Balumekka on April 22, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    100% agree with Amila Ruwan Meegahawatta!

  • on April 22, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    Let the man go. If ECB thinks Farbrace is the magic behind the Lankans success, they are badky mistaken. If the team can play a world tournament without national contracts and still win the cup while working with the likes of Nishantha Ranathunga, Farbrace leaving for ECB will probably not have an effect on them at all.

  • Sampth on April 22, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    I think this is the most suitable time for Sri Lanka to find a Sri Lankan coach. Because this little island is full of resources in every sections. Could you believe Batting Coach: Marvan Attapattu, Fast balling coach: Chaminda Vaas (former- Anusha Samaranayaka) and also fielding coach Ruwan Kalpage. So I think Sri Lankans got the challenge.

  • on April 22, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    aravinda de silva should be a head coach

  • Hasi21 on April 22, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    Oh...Paul, You going to miss another World Cup title...

  • on April 22, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    Why Don't sanath Jayasuriya Becomes the Coach of srilankan cricket Team...In case of Farbrace Money Took Him away..

  • DingDong420 on April 22, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    The Sri Lankan board treats its players abysmally, they shouldn't talk about ethics.

    Having said that Farbrace has made his name at Sri Lanka and has won the Asia Cup & Wt20 in the last couple of months why would you want to go to England as an assistant. Keep getting results at Sri Lanka and you can get the head job wherever you want

  • Jezinho on April 22, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    Sorry Sanath, but you can't have it both ways. You were quite happy to buy Paul Farbrace out of his Yorkshire contract so you can't be surprised if someone comes along and gazumps SLC. This is the way professional sport works. As other posters have pointed out, you could have done away with the probationary period. At the end of the day, if SLC can offer Paul the support and resources he would need to fulfil his role with the Sri Lankan team, then he may well say. Having said that, as an England fan I hope he doesn't!

  • Lucky K on April 22, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    I do not know whether or not it is ethical behaviour on the part of Farbrace to jump ship in this manner.

    But he had better realise that teams around the world will make note of this, and will think long and hard before hiring him in future once his contract with the ECB has run it's course. This sort of unethical behaviour will only hurt Farbrace in the long run.

  • Nutcutlet on April 21, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    Surely if PF is within his six month probationary period, then there is no comeback from the SLC. If the SLC wanted to secure his services, then they should not have built in the probationary period clause. There is a lesson here for the SLC to learn: there's no teacher so effective as experience. There again, he hasn't said that he'll go...

  • on April 21, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    Joining Eng would Make Paul miss one thing For sure....Winning another ASIA CUP....

  • SLMaster on April 21, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    I do not think we should judge until the full story is told and understood. I do not think it is wise for SL to talk to media until all cleared. Paul is keeping all confidential. There might something SL not doing right. Anyway, Paul has rights to leave...if his contracts are negotiated respectfully. However, moving to ECB in front of a tour and with a short notice is questionable to anyone. Does ECB has true interest in Paul or just a commitment till SL and ENG tour???

  • on April 21, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    Bring in a coach from SL I dont see why they shouldnt because over the years they have produced great players!

  • on April 21, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    I think a probationary period for an experienced coach such as Farbrace is a farce....although having a non-compete clause in a contract woylkd be more sensible in this case. SLC should remove the probationary period and think about non-compete clauses for future (successful) managers....as he has now helped SL to their second World Cup 20:20 and just leave Farbrace to come to his own decision.....without going public on every breath that is taken. Pleases keep the running commentary to the SL cricket matches.

  • stormy16 on April 21, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    Before everyone starts finding fault and pointing fingers its important to understand the realities. SLC is not like the most respectable employee (just ask Marsh and the players) to work for and if this is your modus operandi you cannot suddenly expect others to treat you with respect. Also if Paul is made an offer he cant refuse its not like he is morally obligated to stay with SL over his own career and that to with his own country. Gets the facts right guys and the answers are plain to see.

  • Herath-UK on April 21, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    What would ECB have done if the scenario was opposite? ECB did everything to protect Andy Flower from other interests. There is more to this than Paul just leaving which would not be much of a problem.The main question is Sri Lanka is just about to tour no other country BUT England & England jolly well know what disruption that could cause to a touring side with such a sudden blow. England now can laugh at the end of the tour how poor the Sri Lankan team was forgetting all the damage they have done to the Sri Lankan side up front. At least why England could not wait until the Sri Lankan tour is over if certain ethic is considered.

  • Darkmanx12155 on April 21, 2014, 8:06 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.

  • Lord.emsworth on April 21, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    I would advice Jayasuriya not to make a big deal of the matter. Very strong protests can make the ECB change their mind and discard their notion of hiring Farbrace. If this happens Farbrace will remain as SL's coach, albeit a coach who has lost a lot of respect from players, administration, and fans... If Farbrace DOES go the seniors in the SL team can act as interim coaches until a permanent coach is found.

  • RoshJ on April 21, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    here we go again!! The SLC is shooting its own foot!! Why cannot they learn from at least mistakes of recent past?? Didn't Ranathunga and the gang got landed speaking prematuarly on Mahela/Sanga retirement?

    A clever person would wait until Farbrace speak of all these not shooting from your mouth as such words would further complecate things!

  • on April 21, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    Here's Sri Lanka's ideal setup.

    Sri Lankan Head Coach: Mahela Jayawardena Assistant Coach: Kumar Sangakkara

    Batting Coach: Marvan Attapatu Fast Bowling Coach: Chaminda Vaas Spin Bowling Coach: Muttiah Muralitharan Fielding Coach: Ruwan Kalpage

  • Udendra on April 21, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    In my opinion, it is really unprofessional and unethical of Farbrace and ECB. May be SLC should opt for a senior local guy.

  • ksquared on April 21, 2014, 5:05 GMT

    Much ado about nothing Farbrace leaving won't have much of an effect if any. He himself admitted that the only thing he did was mental conditioning of the players there are many local coaches who can do that and much more but the timing is really bad and the unprofessional nature of this whole business specially considering that SL are to tour ENG this summer is a black mark on the ECB and Farbrace. On the bright side this should surely motivate the SL players to do well and ENG might regret this whole episode at the end of the summer

  • rezmata on April 21, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    Bring in Chandika Hathurusingha PLEASE!!!

  • Daran_Cool on April 20, 2014, 22:11 GMT

    Well done Paul Farbrace! Paul has used Head Coach position for Sri Lanka as to get a job with another larger National Team. This tactics is used by clever employees taking a top position with smaller companies even though with the lesser payment just for their CV so that they could get a job with big companies.

    We can't blame Paul for that. It is usual nowadays. Wish him all the best with England. SL has a decent batting and bowling coaches at the moment along with senior players currently playing who have good cricket brain where youngsters can learn from. All they need is just some one can address the media whenever is needed particularly when the team is not doing very well.

    Therefore SL Cricket will not affected by Paul's move. Good Luck Paul with England.

  • surgeon101 on April 20, 2014, 20:59 GMT

    SLC have a great chance now to undo the damage done to their reputation because of there unfair sacking of Marsh. If they come out as the 'victims' and handle this in a dignified way they will restore the faith of other better high-profile coaches in the world. And to be honest...as long as Kumar and Mahela are still in the team the coach doesn't matter....sri lanka will still keep winning even with NO coach!

  • on April 20, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    Why are we worried about him leaving , a man who has uNproven skill set? We won T20 WC due to the hard work of our 3 coaches , Marvan , Vaas and Kalpage plus team work from all the players. His heart is not with SL , let him go please.

  • siddharth_r2001 on April 20, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    "He's on probation with us, but I'm not sure if we're on probation with him," SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said. What kind of a statement is that? If it's a 6-month probationary period, it works both ways. If SLC wanted to secure his services (at least till the 2015 World Cup, if not beyond), why have the probationary period instead of signing a firm contract with him? This is a job like any other, and if another employer offers you a better pay package, why would he want to stick with SLC?

  • on April 20, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    The least Farcrace could have done before going behind the Assistant Coach position with the England team was to inform SLC that he was applying for it. Obviously, SLC can never match the salary level that would be paid to Farbrace by the ECB, but he came to Sri Lanka knowing very well that the pay is not as much as head coaches in other countries get.

    Even in the normal job market for other professionals, it is common courtesy to serve out your contract or, if you have just entered into a contract, to let your employer know that you are applying for another position. If he's going to walk out on his contract, SLC should make sure to get 6 months salary from him before releasing him.

    I also find it highly disappointing that the ECB didn't have the courtesy to inform SLC that they were seriously considering him for a job. Highly unprofessional by the ECB and Paul Farbrace and, for the first time ever, I'm forced to say that the SLC have been more professional in this whole affair.

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  • on April 20, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    The least Farcrace could have done before going behind the Assistant Coach position with the England team was to inform SLC that he was applying for it. Obviously, SLC can never match the salary level that would be paid to Farbrace by the ECB, but he came to Sri Lanka knowing very well that the pay is not as much as head coaches in other countries get.

    Even in the normal job market for other professionals, it is common courtesy to serve out your contract or, if you have just entered into a contract, to let your employer know that you are applying for another position. If he's going to walk out on his contract, SLC should make sure to get 6 months salary from him before releasing him.

    I also find it highly disappointing that the ECB didn't have the courtesy to inform SLC that they were seriously considering him for a job. Highly unprofessional by the ECB and Paul Farbrace and, for the first time ever, I'm forced to say that the SLC have been more professional in this whole affair.

  • siddharth_r2001 on April 20, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    "He's on probation with us, but I'm not sure if we're on probation with him," SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said. What kind of a statement is that? If it's a 6-month probationary period, it works both ways. If SLC wanted to secure his services (at least till the 2015 World Cup, if not beyond), why have the probationary period instead of signing a firm contract with him? This is a job like any other, and if another employer offers you a better pay package, why would he want to stick with SLC?

  • on April 20, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    Why are we worried about him leaving , a man who has uNproven skill set? We won T20 WC due to the hard work of our 3 coaches , Marvan , Vaas and Kalpage plus team work from all the players. His heart is not with SL , let him go please.

  • surgeon101 on April 20, 2014, 20:59 GMT

    SLC have a great chance now to undo the damage done to their reputation because of there unfair sacking of Marsh. If they come out as the 'victims' and handle this in a dignified way they will restore the faith of other better high-profile coaches in the world. And to be honest...as long as Kumar and Mahela are still in the team the coach doesn't matter....sri lanka will still keep winning even with NO coach!

  • Daran_Cool on April 20, 2014, 22:11 GMT

    Well done Paul Farbrace! Paul has used Head Coach position for Sri Lanka as to get a job with another larger National Team. This tactics is used by clever employees taking a top position with smaller companies even though with the lesser payment just for their CV so that they could get a job with big companies.

    We can't blame Paul for that. It is usual nowadays. Wish him all the best with England. SL has a decent batting and bowling coaches at the moment along with senior players currently playing who have good cricket brain where youngsters can learn from. All they need is just some one can address the media whenever is needed particularly when the team is not doing very well.

    Therefore SL Cricket will not affected by Paul's move. Good Luck Paul with England.

  • rezmata on April 21, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    Bring in Chandika Hathurusingha PLEASE!!!

  • ksquared on April 21, 2014, 5:05 GMT

    Much ado about nothing Farbrace leaving won't have much of an effect if any. He himself admitted that the only thing he did was mental conditioning of the players there are many local coaches who can do that and much more but the timing is really bad and the unprofessional nature of this whole business specially considering that SL are to tour ENG this summer is a black mark on the ECB and Farbrace. On the bright side this should surely motivate the SL players to do well and ENG might regret this whole episode at the end of the summer

  • Udendra on April 21, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    In my opinion, it is really unprofessional and unethical of Farbrace and ECB. May be SLC should opt for a senior local guy.

  • on April 21, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    Here's Sri Lanka's ideal setup.

    Sri Lankan Head Coach: Mahela Jayawardena Assistant Coach: Kumar Sangakkara

    Batting Coach: Marvan Attapatu Fast Bowling Coach: Chaminda Vaas Spin Bowling Coach: Muttiah Muralitharan Fielding Coach: Ruwan Kalpage

  • RoshJ on April 21, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    here we go again!! The SLC is shooting its own foot!! Why cannot they learn from at least mistakes of recent past?? Didn't Ranathunga and the gang got landed speaking prematuarly on Mahela/Sanga retirement?

    A clever person would wait until Farbrace speak of all these not shooting from your mouth as such words would further complecate things!