Sri Lanka news April 21, 2014

Farbrace torn over England role

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Paul Farbrace has said that he has not yet made a commitment to England, and remains conflicted over whether to become their assistant coach or remain head coach of Sri Lanka, after talks with SLC yielded no concrete decisions on Monday.

He said there had been "nothing untoward" in his tenure with Sri Lanka that would drive him away from his current position, but admitted the prospect of working with England was an alluring one.

Soon after arriving in the country on Monday, Farbrace had met with a SLC delegation, which included board members, chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya, and Ranjit Fernando, who had headed the panel that proposed Farbrace as head coach.

Farbrace had laid out his position, and SLC had expressed a desire to keep him on board. Further talks are scheduled for Tuesday, when SLC may present incentives for Farbrace to remain in his current position.

"It's just about making sure that we would make the right decision," Farbrace told ESPNcricinfo. "It's a hard one because it's between the country of your birth and where you live and everything else, and yet I've had a wonderful time in Sri Lanka, even since the last time I was here. I understand people's upset and disappointment, but sometimes opportunities come and you have to decide what's the right one to take."

Farbrace's tenure has been marked by off-field upheaval, as much as on-field success. The team has lost only one out of 18 matches under his watch, but the players remain locked in a contracts dispute with the board, seven weeks after their previous agreements expired. Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara have also clashed with SLC officials over the announcement of their T20 retirements, but Farbrace said his experience in the role had not been soured by off-field events.

"I've thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Sri Lankan team. I did last time and I thoroughly enjoyed it this time. If I wasn't enjoying it, it would be a pretty easy decision to make," he said. "There's nothing untoward, sometimes an opportunity comes up and you have to give it 100% consideration. That's the same with any job. There's no story behind it or anything like that. It's just a case that since Thursday afternoon there's been some interest [from ECB], it's just a case of how far you take the interest."

Farbrace confirmed he had not applied for a role with England, and that it had been the ECB that approached him about the assistant coach role. SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga suggested the salary ECB had offered was beyond what SLC could match.

"If you look at it from a human point of view, I am sure they are paying him more than a board like us can pay him," Ranatunga said. "He didn't demand for anything from us, but said that the ECB had offered an attractive package. We indicated to him that we would like him to stay in the position.

"He had just arrived. He came straight to SLC from the airport, so we wanted him to have a rest and come back to us."

SLC's executive committee has been in discussions over how to take negotiations with Farbrace forward on Tuesday.

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

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  • RohanMarkJay on April 22, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    As someone said here previous he should stick with Sri Lanka. Yes its true he and his coaching staff molded Sri Lanka into a good unit. But as previously very unknown coaches such as Dav Whatmore and Tom Moody found out. Sri Lanka has immense cricketing talent. Previous coaches such as Whatmore and Moody and recent years Fabrace were fortunate as coaches to be working with genuinely very talented cricketers. Whose talent is the reason why they won 1996 World Cup and reached final of 2007 world cup final more than the coaches. Yet unknown coaches such as Dav Whatmore, Tom Moody and now Paul Fabrace market value went through the roof after the Sri Lanka successes. Generally Sri Lankan cricket never rated very highly English Coaches. They generally favored Australians. However little known Fabrace was an exception. Clearly SL thinks very highly of him and would like to keep him long term if he wants it.As previous commenter said.England is fickle and he could be out of work in a year.

  • DingDong420 on April 22, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    all things aside, he has won the Asia Cup and Wt20 in the last couple of months. Why would you want to go to be an Assistant for England.

    If SLC want him then make a commitment to him, SLC and Jayasuriya are very good at talking the talk. Make him stay with an offer thats good for him and SLC

  • on April 22, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    Sri Lankan cricket has good players but as always, poor leadership in management and disgraceful financial handling.

  • SDeepalV on April 22, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    We SLC has a habit of leaving their coaches after a global triumph. Hence no wonder the way the SLC cricket is treating to a gossip this way, as it already happened in Sanga/Mahi saga. As far as I know, Paul has not spoken to SLC on ECB development. So why worry... If he think ECG is the place to be,, let it be. It's his passion and his career.Besides, his market value has gone up. If so. bring the best coach SL has ever produced - Chandika H. Most important thing is, whether he would repeat the comment made by Tom Moody IT IS INCREDIBLE TO BELIEVE THE WAY SL CRICKETERS ARE PERFORMING WHILST HAVING A HAVOC TIME WITH SLC.

    Deepalv

  • ConstableGoody on April 22, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    You really can't expect a person to decline an offer with better benefits; specially when he's still on a probation period. It works two ways; what if SLC has asked him to leave before the probation period is over? At the end of the day, a job is about what is best for you and your family. If Paul wants to go, no one can/should stop him. It is his right. There were numerous occasions this has repeated in recent history and it will happen again. Sri Lanka cricket should bury the dead, dress the wounds and move on. It has been the secret of our success.

  • on April 22, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    It's what he does for a living, not a morale crusade. If his contract allows, he should do what he wants. Mind you, knowing the ECB, he could be out of work in a year anyway if he takes the job. Being a manager/coach in Sport is a fickle business so look after number one.

  • on April 22, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    it's right time to say good bye to mr. Fabrace. he took a big reputation as a coach after 20-20 victory of Sri Lanka. we clearly saw Sri Lanka is the best team in term of tactics during the last world cup. to be honest I think Fabrace and the supporting coaches are the men behind the succeed. fabrace point of view, this is his profession. he has full right to demand his benefits with his employers. even we all should know he is passing his probation period with SLC. so legally he has an ability to change his position. even ethically, as soon as arrived to SL he went to SLC to discuss this . Emotionally , definitely we can't accept his decision after stunning two months under his guidance. But Sri Lanka cricket should move on . We have highly reputed coaches like Chandika Hathurusingha,Roy Dias who definitely can guide SL to 2015 title. thanks

  • TripleCenturian on April 22, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    Farbrace had not really hit my radar as a coach until he joined Yorkshire where I saw him at first hand. He was very hands on with the first team despite having a title of second team coach and he seemed enthusiastic and to enjoy himself whilst coaching which rubbed off on to the players. This is exactly what England need at the moment so they should do anything needed to get him on board. Sorry Sri Lanka but in the short time he has been with you he has coached to 2 tournament successes but the attraction of being involved with your home country is a big pull.

  • ksquared on April 22, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    I agree with some of the comments here Farbrace would have a much better reputation as a coach if he stays and if SL does very well in the next couple of years who wouldn't want the title of coach of a world cup winning side on their CV if SL do win the 2015 WC then you can add yet another accolade. Then he will be regarded along side Gary Kirsten as one of the most successful coaches in the game today. Yes, accepting the ENG job would mean being closer to his family and coaching his own country as well as a higher paycheck but really he would be playing second fiddle and there is a marked difference in recognition being a head coach compared to that of an assistant. BTW SL job has been a blessing for all new coaches just look how highly regarded Dav Whatmore and Tom Moody are after they left the SL coaching position.

  • on April 22, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    Well to be honest with you my first view was ''WHY THE HELL DO YOU WANT TO LEAVE US'' but then after a little more consideration you have to understand the factors,he will be coaching or assistant coaching the country of his birth as well as getting a higher pay,and he can also be with his family more so these all contribute..im sure he will take it and as sri lankans we should understand the situation more carefully and put ourselves in his position,if so definitely without a blink of an eye most of us would take the opportunity with england..SL board will have to find a replacement fast,or appoint marvan headcoach

  • RohanMarkJay on April 22, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    As someone said here previous he should stick with Sri Lanka. Yes its true he and his coaching staff molded Sri Lanka into a good unit. But as previously very unknown coaches such as Dav Whatmore and Tom Moody found out. Sri Lanka has immense cricketing talent. Previous coaches such as Whatmore and Moody and recent years Fabrace were fortunate as coaches to be working with genuinely very talented cricketers. Whose talent is the reason why they won 1996 World Cup and reached final of 2007 world cup final more than the coaches. Yet unknown coaches such as Dav Whatmore, Tom Moody and now Paul Fabrace market value went through the roof after the Sri Lanka successes. Generally Sri Lankan cricket never rated very highly English Coaches. They generally favored Australians. However little known Fabrace was an exception. Clearly SL thinks very highly of him and would like to keep him long term if he wants it.As previous commenter said.England is fickle and he could be out of work in a year.

  • DingDong420 on April 22, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    all things aside, he has won the Asia Cup and Wt20 in the last couple of months. Why would you want to go to be an Assistant for England.

    If SLC want him then make a commitment to him, SLC and Jayasuriya are very good at talking the talk. Make him stay with an offer thats good for him and SLC

  • on April 22, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    Sri Lankan cricket has good players but as always, poor leadership in management and disgraceful financial handling.

  • SDeepalV on April 22, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    We SLC has a habit of leaving their coaches after a global triumph. Hence no wonder the way the SLC cricket is treating to a gossip this way, as it already happened in Sanga/Mahi saga. As far as I know, Paul has not spoken to SLC on ECB development. So why worry... If he think ECG is the place to be,, let it be. It's his passion and his career.Besides, his market value has gone up. If so. bring the best coach SL has ever produced - Chandika H. Most important thing is, whether he would repeat the comment made by Tom Moody IT IS INCREDIBLE TO BELIEVE THE WAY SL CRICKETERS ARE PERFORMING WHILST HAVING A HAVOC TIME WITH SLC.

    Deepalv

  • ConstableGoody on April 22, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    You really can't expect a person to decline an offer with better benefits; specially when he's still on a probation period. It works two ways; what if SLC has asked him to leave before the probation period is over? At the end of the day, a job is about what is best for you and your family. If Paul wants to go, no one can/should stop him. It is his right. There were numerous occasions this has repeated in recent history and it will happen again. Sri Lanka cricket should bury the dead, dress the wounds and move on. It has been the secret of our success.

  • on April 22, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    It's what he does for a living, not a morale crusade. If his contract allows, he should do what he wants. Mind you, knowing the ECB, he could be out of work in a year anyway if he takes the job. Being a manager/coach in Sport is a fickle business so look after number one.

  • on April 22, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    it's right time to say good bye to mr. Fabrace. he took a big reputation as a coach after 20-20 victory of Sri Lanka. we clearly saw Sri Lanka is the best team in term of tactics during the last world cup. to be honest I think Fabrace and the supporting coaches are the men behind the succeed. fabrace point of view, this is his profession. he has full right to demand his benefits with his employers. even we all should know he is passing his probation period with SLC. so legally he has an ability to change his position. even ethically, as soon as arrived to SL he went to SLC to discuss this . Emotionally , definitely we can't accept his decision after stunning two months under his guidance. But Sri Lanka cricket should move on . We have highly reputed coaches like Chandika Hathurusingha,Roy Dias who definitely can guide SL to 2015 title. thanks

  • TripleCenturian on April 22, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    Farbrace had not really hit my radar as a coach until he joined Yorkshire where I saw him at first hand. He was very hands on with the first team despite having a title of second team coach and he seemed enthusiastic and to enjoy himself whilst coaching which rubbed off on to the players. This is exactly what England need at the moment so they should do anything needed to get him on board. Sorry Sri Lanka but in the short time he has been with you he has coached to 2 tournament successes but the attraction of being involved with your home country is a big pull.

  • ksquared on April 22, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    I agree with some of the comments here Farbrace would have a much better reputation as a coach if he stays and if SL does very well in the next couple of years who wouldn't want the title of coach of a world cup winning side on their CV if SL do win the 2015 WC then you can add yet another accolade. Then he will be regarded along side Gary Kirsten as one of the most successful coaches in the game today. Yes, accepting the ENG job would mean being closer to his family and coaching his own country as well as a higher paycheck but really he would be playing second fiddle and there is a marked difference in recognition being a head coach compared to that of an assistant. BTW SL job has been a blessing for all new coaches just look how highly regarded Dav Whatmore and Tom Moody are after they left the SL coaching position.

  • on April 22, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    Well to be honest with you my first view was ''WHY THE HELL DO YOU WANT TO LEAVE US'' but then after a little more consideration you have to understand the factors,he will be coaching or assistant coaching the country of his birth as well as getting a higher pay,and he can also be with his family more so these all contribute..im sure he will take it and as sri lankans we should understand the situation more carefully and put ourselves in his position,if so definitely without a blink of an eye most of us would take the opportunity with england..SL board will have to find a replacement fast,or appoint marvan headcoach

  • on April 22, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    Does it matter who approached whom ? as far as Paul's ethics are genuine.

  • AS7777 on April 22, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    Sri Lanka won the T20 and Asia cup and Farbrace offered assistant coach job in England. What If he waits for one more year and he might get the top job in England after SL wining the 50 over world cup and couple of good performance in tests. I think its more realistic than bringing back clueless Englishmen to wining mode.I think this is what make Farbrace hesitant.

  • Ramansilva on April 22, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    People ask why we need a foreign coach when there are proven good coaches like Roy Dias, Duleep Menids, Chandika Hathurusinghe are around. All three are coaching foreign teams though not top class teams. I think our players try to take it easy with local coaches if they are not strict disciplinarians. The reported case of Lasith Malinga not following coaching of Chaminda Vaas is a case in point. KP seems to have similar issues with the Englsih team coach.

  • CKfrombrisbane on April 22, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    At the moment Paul is working with "winning mode" Sri Lankan team. He is enjoying the glory of the SL team. He is not playing a major part. If he stay with the team his career will be glorious. If he go for money his future will be uncertain with "struggling English cricket team".

  • on April 22, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    While taking the offer might be tempting economically, Sri Lanka is prospering well in the international circuit. If I were him, I'd stick with a successful Sri Lanka until the end of my tenure, as it would only increase my value. Would surely receive better offers at the end of his tenure if he decides to stick around. Moreover, a stable coach will always be taken over any other coach. Just my 2 cents.

  • landl47 on April 22, 2014, 3:17 GMT

    Farbrace only recently accepted this post with SL. If SL want him to stay, he should stay.

    Sometimes doing the right thing is more important than getting your own way.

  • ThatsJustCricket on April 22, 2014, 2:53 GMT

    May be now SLC will see reason and appoint someone like Marvan Atapattu.

  • on April 22, 2014, 2:39 GMT

    It's time to move to a local coach Chandika Hathurusinghe will be a good choice if not Marvan will be ideal

  • on April 22, 2014, 2:36 GMT

    Looks like SLC overreacted. Farby got a job offer... there is nothing unethical about that. However, I find the way that SLC reacted was unprofessional, accusing Farby before all facts were known, just like with Sanga and Mahela before the T20 WC.

  • Shaun_wick on April 22, 2014, 2:08 GMT

    It's Paul's decision. As he is in probation time period he can stop at any point, no need any advance notification. On the other hand, SL team won 18 last matches except one, we should not forgot he train SL who are top leading ODI team in the world. England team is not top leading team, so whoever coach can't do that much if the team doesn't have good players. My understand is Paul can build a good career record if he stayed with SL just only two years, if he moves to England, he will be a just another England coach. However this is your cal l Paul, I hope even you know you can created a strong records under your name if you stay with SL.

    On the other hand I think SL again should look at foreign corach, as I'm living overseas I know it always you can learn new thing from others. We already got Mavan, Vass and Muralli in the team, so their service we always will get. We need something new.

    It won't be hard to find a good coach anyway.

  • s.g.a. on April 22, 2014, 1:49 GMT

    I think he is the one of best coach we ever had, he familiar with srilanka cricket & also he has good relationship with our players from begining & he understand very well how goes srilanka cricket. He is the lucky coach of srilanka cricket. That's why from when he join we got the world cup & continue winning srilanka team. Look like He is very good human been person on & off the field. He is smiling pleasant person like nature of srilankans.

  • on April 22, 2014, 1:11 GMT

    Please bring in Chandika Haturesinhe who have experience at AUS conditions where 2015 world cup play.

  • KingOwl on April 22, 2014, 0:21 GMT

    Having heard is perspective, yes, I can see how it can be a tough decision for him. But, I think to just walk away from a world cup winning unit with no notice, and when SL are about the embark on a tour of England, I think is unfair on SL. If he had problems with SLC, sure it is understandable. But to leave without any problems, is a bit too mercenary. Sure, there are people who do that in all kinds of industries, sectors, and firms. But they are all considered to be lacking in loyalty and they are usually treated the same way by their respective employers - that is, with no trust, but with a purely mechanical approach to the relationship. I think both SLC and Paul Farbrace deserve better.

  • on April 21, 2014, 23:10 GMT

    You need the players for success, Eng evidently don't have that... Bye Paul and have fun.

  • Greatest_Game on April 21, 2014, 23:02 GMT

    How to improve Sri Lanka's cricket team.

    1. Tell Fabrace to go back to England. 2. Hire Micky Arthur. 3. Fire Micky Arthur and appoint a Sri Lankan coach.

    Micky Arthur 'resigned' as the SA coach, & SA stumbled immediately in the 2011 Work Cup. CSA then hired Gary Kirsten and soon the Proteas beat England & took the #1 test ranking, & then beat Australia, in Australia, and seemed unbeatable is tests.

    Australia crashed in the 2013 in the Champion's Trophy, fired Micky Arthur, hired Darren Lehman, stumbled and lost the Ashes in England, but then turned around & destroyed England in the Australian Ashes, ODI & T20i series, and then beat SA in a test series, in SA.

    Once is a coincidence, right? Twice …. maybe not. Besides, no one else seems to be chasing Mickey. He'll be the coach that actually stays, until he is told to go!

  • Revelation3_7 on April 21, 2014, 22:09 GMT

    If he has to go, he has to go, coaches come, coaches go, it's nothing personal, yes, he had a good time with SLC, but all the good things must come to an end for better things to begin, we have a plenty of local talent, past players of solid caliber, so why not use them and concentrate on winning the UK tour.

    SL have survived this kind of drama, I am sure we can survive this one as well.

    Thank you for your service Mr. Farbrace, and good luck.

  • wmendis on April 21, 2014, 21:43 GMT

    I hope Farbrace do the right thing, that is even he leaves Sri Lanka he must not take up England position till Sri Lanka finishes their tour of England in few months time.

    ICC must make a ruling that no coach can change their coaching from one country to another when the two countries have a series within 6 months of leaving one side and joining the other.

    It is not fair by the side losing the coach as he knows all the weekenesses as well strengths of the players involved.

  • KosalaDeSilva on April 21, 2014, 20:54 GMT

    No one can blame Farbrace if want go back to Uk. His country, family live there and all other things to consider with a good salary. But then again, he should think of about SL team as he accepted the job in SL.

    I think ECB should have act more respectable manner as they know this offer put Farbrace in a difficult situation, knowing that he was working for SL only 3,4 months. But what ever dissuasion he make, we have to respect that as it's his dissuasion , he done a great job.

  • on April 21, 2014, 20:05 GMT

    Fabrace is OK I suppose. He has not had any opportunity to do anything with the SL team as yet. He did say this himself. Let him go. He is right to give his utmost consideration to get back home where he truly belongs. It is good of a person to want to serve his motherland. We have a great guy in Marvan who should have been given the job in the first place. He is one who has proved his worth. Hope it is sorted with maturity and everybody makes the right decision.

  • on April 21, 2014, 19:59 GMT

    Farby has been outstanding for SL cricket.Not least in the way he has supported his players in standing up to the board and wllingness to to confront the utter shambles that passes for the administration of the game in the country.The players worship him for his dedication to their cause and the on field success he has brought them since his return.One must remember he almost lost his life in the terrorist attack on the team bus, and his love for the game in this troubled nation is universally admired and respected throughout the cricket world.A tough decision to make.

  • njr1330 on April 21, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    '...we have good locals who can do the job....' ...So, why aren't they ?!

  • on April 21, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    I think Vaas should be given the opportunity rather than Marvan. Is it because a batsmen should always be preferred for everything?

  • on April 21, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    hopefully Paul will stay with our Team he wil not change his mind to leave ECB but concerning money issues every human will take Better option so Paul Farbrace also have aright to choice his benefits if he need to leave let him go All the Best Mr.Paul

  • SL_Boy on April 21, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    Let him go ... may be the best decition ... we go to Marvan

  • BlackHawk on April 21, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    I just wish he had kept the board informed of developments in England!I wouldn't hold it against the guy for picking England over SLC. It can't be easy working so far from family and friends. He'll be compensated better for his work over there and he will be serving his country of birth. He is a good coach and it was Sri Lanka who recognised his potential as a head coach first, NOT the ECB!! The man was not even on the short list of hopefuls for the new job with ECB until his recent successes with SL! I wish he makes his decision sooner rather than later and then at least SL can start looking at a replacement. Finally, Mr Farbrace if you do decide to leave us, can you please take Mr Nishantha Rantunga with you?

  • on April 21, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    Its a touch decision. Sri Lanka hopes he'll stay but its his choice

  • Nutcutlet on April 21, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    Whatever Paul Farbrace's decision, I hope that everyone will accept it in good grace. He clearly has many factors to consider and whichever way he goes, that will be the right choice.

  • on April 21, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    what ever we have good locals can do the job for us.

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  • on April 21, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    what ever we have good locals can do the job for us.

  • Nutcutlet on April 21, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    Whatever Paul Farbrace's decision, I hope that everyone will accept it in good grace. He clearly has many factors to consider and whichever way he goes, that will be the right choice.

  • on April 21, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    Its a touch decision. Sri Lanka hopes he'll stay but its his choice

  • BlackHawk on April 21, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    I just wish he had kept the board informed of developments in England!I wouldn't hold it against the guy for picking England over SLC. It can't be easy working so far from family and friends. He'll be compensated better for his work over there and he will be serving his country of birth. He is a good coach and it was Sri Lanka who recognised his potential as a head coach first, NOT the ECB!! The man was not even on the short list of hopefuls for the new job with ECB until his recent successes with SL! I wish he makes his decision sooner rather than later and then at least SL can start looking at a replacement. Finally, Mr Farbrace if you do decide to leave us, can you please take Mr Nishantha Rantunga with you?

  • SL_Boy on April 21, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    Let him go ... may be the best decition ... we go to Marvan

  • on April 21, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    hopefully Paul will stay with our Team he wil not change his mind to leave ECB but concerning money issues every human will take Better option so Paul Farbrace also have aright to choice his benefits if he need to leave let him go All the Best Mr.Paul

  • on April 21, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    I think Vaas should be given the opportunity rather than Marvan. Is it because a batsmen should always be preferred for everything?

  • njr1330 on April 21, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    '...we have good locals who can do the job....' ...So, why aren't they ?!

  • on April 21, 2014, 19:59 GMT

    Farby has been outstanding for SL cricket.Not least in the way he has supported his players in standing up to the board and wllingness to to confront the utter shambles that passes for the administration of the game in the country.The players worship him for his dedication to their cause and the on field success he has brought them since his return.One must remember he almost lost his life in the terrorist attack on the team bus, and his love for the game in this troubled nation is universally admired and respected throughout the cricket world.A tough decision to make.

  • on April 21, 2014, 20:05 GMT

    Fabrace is OK I suppose. He has not had any opportunity to do anything with the SL team as yet. He did say this himself. Let him go. He is right to give his utmost consideration to get back home where he truly belongs. It is good of a person to want to serve his motherland. We have a great guy in Marvan who should have been given the job in the first place. He is one who has proved his worth. Hope it is sorted with maturity and everybody makes the right decision.