Sri Lanka cricket April 20, 2014

Jayasuriya unhappy at Farbrace conduct


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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  • Hamish 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.

  • Surath 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.

  • Android 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.

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

    100% agree with Amila Ruwan Meegahawatta!

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Peshan 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.

  • Dummy4 on April 22, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    aravinda de silva should be a head coach

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

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

  • Dummy 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..

  • Dal 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

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