Sri Lanka news April 22, 2014

Farbrace quits as Sri Lanka coach

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Paul Farbrace, the Sri Lanka coach, has resigned with immediate effect in order to take up a role with the ECB, Sri Lanka Cricket has confirmed. The development came a day after Farbrace returned to Colombo and met with SLC officials to discuss his position, following reports that he had been approached by the ECB to become assistant coach to Peter Moores, the new England coach.

Farbrace had been expected to have further meetings with SLC on Tuesday, but had sent in his letter of resignation before the board had had a chance meet him. SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said that although the board regretted his decision to leave the role, they had understood the reasons behind it.

Significantly better pay and a desire to work in the country of his birth are believed to be the primary reasons for Farbrace's early departure from Sri Lanka. After talks on Monday, Ranatunga said Farbrace had been offered an "attractive package" by ECB, the likes of which SLC could not hope to match. The salary SLC had offered had been deemed too modest by several high-profile coaches, before Farbrace, who was Yorkshire's second XI coach at the time, was signed by the board.

Farbrace was a little over three months into his two-year contract with SLC. His tenure was marked by off-field upheaval, as much as on-field success. Sri Lanka lost only one out of 18 matches under his watch, winning the World T20 and Asia Cup in that time, but at his time of departure, the players remained locked in a contracts dispute with the board, seven weeks after their previous agreements expired. Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara also clashed with SLC officials over the announcement of their T20 retirements. Farbrace said, however, his experience in the role had not been soured by off-field events.

He had also said he had not applied for the England position, but was approached by the ECB on Thursday, two days before the ECB confirmed Moores as head coach. It is understood Moores had a major say in who he wanted to work with and was strongly in favour of Farbrace.

SLC have not yet worked out the legal repercussions of Farbrace terminating his contract,Ranatunga said. The coach has walked out inside a six-month probationary period, which may mean neither he, nor ECB, are liable to compensate SLC, even though another clause in the contract states Farbrace must give six months' notice before leaving the role.

Sri Lanka's short-term plans have been landed in some disarray by Farbrace's departure, as they prepare for a tour of Ireland and England that begins on May 7. Following that tour, Sri Lanka is set to host no.1 Test side South Africa at home in July, before Pakistan's expected arrival for another full tour in August. Their plans for the 2015 World Cup will also have been somewhat hampered.

An interim appointment is likley for the upcoming tour, with assistant coach Marvan Atapattu the frontrunner to assume the role. Including two other temporary appointments, Atapattu would become the seventh head coach Sri Lanka have had since 2011. Ranatunga said the board had not yet decided whether to open up a fresh application process for the job.

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

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  • on April 24, 2014, 20:36 GMT

    Farbace was loaned to Sri Lanka before his contract with Kent expired. We are doing the same thing in return. No hard feelings!

  • on April 24, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    The ugly truth is locals won't be successful as much as an overseas coach because of politics. Politics always plays a key role in Sri Lankan Cricket, a local won't be able to cope it. Overseas coach(s) won't be affected by politics that much.

  • garawi on April 24, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    SL boys are good under any coach. That they have proved. Farbrace was not instrumental in the T20 win at all . He hardly had any time to settle even. So his leaving is nothing to be worried of. But the question is, when a previous coach's term was terminated before it ended SLC paid millions as damages. Why is it not reciprocal when a coach resigns before the end of the term? He should be charged and asked to pay millions for breach of contract.

  • Urajapakse on April 24, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    God sake, Please appoint a 'Local coach' so that we do not have to go behind this foreign coaches ANYMORE.

    MR. ROY DIAS IS THE BEST MAN FOR THE JOB, OR can consider Mavan also as his deputy.

    High time SLC

  • Rockon21 on April 23, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    If SLC rated Farbrace why is he not on a proper contract? If he is only on 6 months probation he could have been out of work in 3 months time.

  • Grasian on April 23, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    Whilst success as a player has no direct correlation with becoming a successful coach, it is still not clear how a man with a very limited first class career and no track record as an elite coach could be appointed head coach over a formidable test opener with 5000 runs, and a highly skilled test bowler with 350 wickets. Given their inability to cope with the local chaos and language, why on earth would SL Cricket appoint another imported coach.

  • on April 23, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    Glad England have got him I feel bad for any Si Lankan's that feel slighted by this. Being close to home and having fair bit more income would be hard to resist.

  • Sanka on April 23, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    I don't think we should have let him resign. Should have done an American sports style move. Traded him for money and maybe an up and coming coach. Does anyone else think thats a good strategy?

  • on April 23, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    I think he has made a big mistake, he is going from a head coach position in a very good team to be an assistant coach in a team that is not doing too well at the moment. When England start loosing more test and ODI's he surely will get the sack. Who is going to hire him then?

  • Popstar1234 on April 23, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    Marvan is the Man for the Job! He is qualified, has been working with the team for a while, so he knows the current set of players well and the juniors coming through the ranks. He is a humble man who has proven to be a very good leader. The players respect him and he is definitely not scared of directly addressing any issues.

    A good strategist and tactician, he knows what it takes to execute a plan in the middle and most importantly understands the 'Srilankan' style of cricket.

    I believe with Vassy + Ruwan, it's a very well rounded coaching unit and all three played their cricket with Santh (+ the other selectors)...so it should be easy to work as a team and do what's best for Sri Lankan cricket.

    Not sure why the administrators think an English or Aussie coach can do any better than a professional Sri Lankan coach who is equally qualified and has played at the top level. Give these guys a go and may be one day others might come looking for a coach from the sub-continent.

  • on April 24, 2014, 20:36 GMT

    Farbace was loaned to Sri Lanka before his contract with Kent expired. We are doing the same thing in return. No hard feelings!

  • on April 24, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    The ugly truth is locals won't be successful as much as an overseas coach because of politics. Politics always plays a key role in Sri Lankan Cricket, a local won't be able to cope it. Overseas coach(s) won't be affected by politics that much.

  • garawi on April 24, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    SL boys are good under any coach. That they have proved. Farbrace was not instrumental in the T20 win at all . He hardly had any time to settle even. So his leaving is nothing to be worried of. But the question is, when a previous coach's term was terminated before it ended SLC paid millions as damages. Why is it not reciprocal when a coach resigns before the end of the term? He should be charged and asked to pay millions for breach of contract.

  • Urajapakse on April 24, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    God sake, Please appoint a 'Local coach' so that we do not have to go behind this foreign coaches ANYMORE.

    MR. ROY DIAS IS THE BEST MAN FOR THE JOB, OR can consider Mavan also as his deputy.

    High time SLC

  • Rockon21 on April 23, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    If SLC rated Farbrace why is he not on a proper contract? If he is only on 6 months probation he could have been out of work in 3 months time.

  • Grasian on April 23, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    Whilst success as a player has no direct correlation with becoming a successful coach, it is still not clear how a man with a very limited first class career and no track record as an elite coach could be appointed head coach over a formidable test opener with 5000 runs, and a highly skilled test bowler with 350 wickets. Given their inability to cope with the local chaos and language, why on earth would SL Cricket appoint another imported coach.

  • on April 23, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    Glad England have got him I feel bad for any Si Lankan's that feel slighted by this. Being close to home and having fair bit more income would be hard to resist.

  • Sanka on April 23, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    I don't think we should have let him resign. Should have done an American sports style move. Traded him for money and maybe an up and coming coach. Does anyone else think thats a good strategy?

  • on April 23, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    I think he has made a big mistake, he is going from a head coach position in a very good team to be an assistant coach in a team that is not doing too well at the moment. When England start loosing more test and ODI's he surely will get the sack. Who is going to hire him then?

  • Popstar1234 on April 23, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    Marvan is the Man for the Job! He is qualified, has been working with the team for a while, so he knows the current set of players well and the juniors coming through the ranks. He is a humble man who has proven to be a very good leader. The players respect him and he is definitely not scared of directly addressing any issues.

    A good strategist and tactician, he knows what it takes to execute a plan in the middle and most importantly understands the 'Srilankan' style of cricket.

    I believe with Vassy + Ruwan, it's a very well rounded coaching unit and all three played their cricket with Santh (+ the other selectors)...so it should be easy to work as a team and do what's best for Sri Lankan cricket.

    Not sure why the administrators think an English or Aussie coach can do any better than a professional Sri Lankan coach who is equally qualified and has played at the top level. Give these guys a go and may be one day others might come looking for a coach from the sub-continent.

  • ground-boy on April 23, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    Peter(?) & Paul coaching combination to end British ODI forty year WC drought. Well that downtown county(?), said to be waited for 77 years to break jinx. I would like to see ENG vs SL final in next WC and ENG wait for the maiden ODI-WC win, much less 37 years unlike the county.Both SL and ENG have enjoyed many runner-ups, SL 2 times and ENG 3 times.. is that correct ? .. in ODI-WCs.

  • on April 23, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    Chandika Hathurusinghe has been the coach of the Sydney Thunders since last year. Sydney Thunders won only one game out of 10 games under him. They finished last in the BIG Bash League. Do you want Chandika Hathurusinghe as head coach of Sri Lanka? OMG,No Noway. We all know that he is a Sri Lankan and it should not be a criteria to select a coach for one of the leading cricket nations in the World.We should look into the coach's credentials.

  • Prabhash1985 on April 23, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    Let's get on with it. What to do...! I think it's time for SLC to give Mavan Athapattu, the head coach position.

  • on April 23, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    Here is the deal, if you are a coach and dreaming to be a part of a world cup winning team apply now. (if you are looking to ern more and looking for a position in England, Australia, or India in future you may be the guy we are looking for. Hurry)

  • on April 23, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    I think it's time to think about someone like Chandika Hathurusinghe who's more qualified with experience at overseas.

  • ThirteenthMan on April 23, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    Let us hope, for the sake of England, no one comes up with a better offer.

  • on April 23, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    @TripleCenturian. Do u know what happened at York coach case? Its said that the SLC discussed the matter with York authorities and they come to an agreement before pulling out PF. here ECB has never discussed the matter with SLC- May be ECB thinks why should they speak to SLC as they r Simply belong to Big3

  • on April 23, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    You can hire Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Brian Lara, Rahul Dravid, Sunil Gavaskar, Javed Miandad, Sachin Tendulkar and all legends together. But you simply can't produce players and legends like Sangakara, Jayawardene. These are the players who made this reality. Not a single legend produced in last 30 to 40 years from England. Overseas players were helping you a lot but you also don't want them to play and groom your youngsters. England have biggest cricketing counties across the globe but still they lack in producing quality cricketers.

  • Vees1000 on April 23, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    Hmmm...so it would seem that being an ASSISTANT Coach position of England is more prestigious than being the HEAD Coach of a world cup winning nation??? Interesting!

  • on April 23, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    Can't really blame Paul for the decision taken. Nothing wrong in preferring to work in your country of birth and also at a much much higher fee. I feel its slightly unethical though as Sri Lanka is due to tour England next month and Paul is completely aware of our strength, weaknesses etc. However as he is on probation he is legally within his right to leave at any time for any reason. SLC need to be a little more smart here and not put probationary clauses etc. Considering the dirt poor salaries that coaches are offered, naturally when a better offer comes up within the probation period they'll jump at it.

    I also don't think Sri Lanka will benefit by having a local coach. Simply because someone was a good player doesn't make them a good coach. And you can't compare the skills, knowledge, coaching techniques, expertise etc of foreign coaches with our locals, I believe we're way behind in these depts.

  • Udendra on April 23, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    In my opinion, Marvan is not a good choice. He was never an aggressive or inventive captain, and the same can be said about his coaching too.

  • on April 23, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    This is the best opportunity for Lanka to use home grown talent to coach the team. Stop becoming a leaning tower towards foreign coaches. Ideal time to give Marvan the opportunity, together with Murali and Vaas. As a coach you got to do lots of classroom work on working the situation SPIN and the match, tour SWOT. Equally has to work on the inner strengths of each players, specially the emerging ones and get them groomed on how to build the strengths, not just physical.

  • on April 23, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    Well done... Good decision... We can do without him...

  • ksquared on April 23, 2014, 3:26 GMT

    Doesn't really matter even with Farbrace in the other camp SL will do well this time around players would be better prepared as none of the players are in the IPL except for Malinga and Thisara. I think all the seniors will be desperate to do well specially Sanga. But we might be in for a rude awakening if this contract issue is not resolved I read that SLC is already preparing an alternate team if negotiations fail. Hope SL don't end up sending a second string side to ENG

  • KrisRam77 on April 23, 2014, 3:24 GMT

    I understand the logic behind Fabrace's decision to quit, lucrative offer plus chance to work in home country. But no one can deny ECB's role here. Clear case of bullying by Big Bro England. The Big 3 of ICC (India, Australia and England will do more harm to other smaller Cricketing nations than any substantial good).

  • Htc-Android on April 23, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    The reason why Local coaches are not considered, because SLC think that their are certain SL players who will get favours from the local coach. Thats why they appoint foreign coaches.

  • Htc-Android on April 23, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    Its not going to be an easy task for Fabrace to coach English team. Sri lanka had great mix of talanted young and Experienced players in their team. Also Sanga and Mahela are very knowledgeable on the field. He also worked with SL players in the past.This actually made Fabrace job easier. But with England he has to build a team that is totally inexperienced. I think Fabrace is good at mentally preparing the side than improving the players skills. I have never SL seen winning this many tight games in the past. Anyways I wont blame Fabrace for this.He has the right to give priority for his motherland.

  • on April 23, 2014, 2:37 GMT

    @ Riyaz Izzedeen. 6 months notice clause superseeds probation period. isn't it? What Fabrace has achieved more than Mavan or Chandika? Only he made his name bit popular being SL coach sothat he could catch ECB attention. Anyway he has every right to move anywhere.

  • covadrive on April 23, 2014, 2:06 GMT

    I am just curious what the protocols are with another team/country approaching a manager/coach who is under a contract, regardless of whether it was during the probation period.

    In North American sports, teams have to get permission to even talk to someone under contract to begin with. Perhaps ICC does not have such rules but it is setting up a bad precedent and that too when ECB being part of this so called "big 3" in ICC.

    Whatever it is, it was SLC that put themselves in this situation and the team has to pay the consequences. There is no excuse not to compensate players/coaches competitively if you want to be considered among the best.

  • on April 23, 2014, 0:57 GMT

    I have a hunch the approaching SL tour of england is going to be disastrous for england not SL.

  • goldeneye075 on April 23, 2014, 0:46 GMT

    I think it is "Unprofessional" to buy out Paul Fab from sri lanka. Unethical and unprofessional. As the money rich ECB could just buy out coaches from the poorest cricketing boards around like SL. So with the new system intact you can not do much with these 3 big boys now days, the Richer will get more rich and the Poor will be more poorer I guess !!! This is just a sample of things, that we could expect from the BIG 3. Jayasooriya is a good selector but nothing more than that, he is not coach material and no one has any respect towards him. One of the blunders that he did was giving the captaincy to Chandimal and also trying to bring Rabukwella to the T20 !!!

  • on April 23, 2014, 0:35 GMT

    Big loss, but we'll survive :)

  • RMCroos on April 23, 2014, 0:16 GMT

    any coach will be happy to serve his own country all what SLC must do now thank him for the short period send him with a smile!!!!

  • 5fornaught on April 22, 2014, 23:34 GMT

    These foreign coaches are here for the money and to improve their resume, and when something good comes up they leave, PB was just a passenger. All the hard work was done by the cricketers, GF and support staff, they were really dedicated to SL cricket. Lets be patriotic and get a SL who can do the job in equal terms. SLC can save money and put that money into good use rather than getting foreign coaches who only motive is to make money, increase their chances in getting a better deal with other countries and have a good holiday in SL.

  • jj0685 on April 22, 2014, 23:31 GMT

    Sri Lanka thrives on adversity, this will toughen them up and they will be mentally stronger when they play in England. Hope they thrash England in the upcoming tour. Sri Lanka needs a foreign coach, because a local coach will have to bow down to the political pressure from the SL board etc. How about Dav Whatmore?

  • on April 22, 2014, 20:35 GMT

    i know he is good for sri lanka but it is board mistake to go behin d, Atapattu is the best that time and now.

  • naudurivsm on April 22, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    The pathetic situation England cricket is in now, they can buy anything and everyone they think that it will help their team. But they forgot the fact that it is the players who do it all whether win or lose matches. However good or bad the coach is, the onus is still on the players to execute and if they are failing it is not the coaches problems. because a coach can teach you the best , but they can not suppress other team's abilities and capabilities.

  • anuradea on April 22, 2014, 20:30 GMT

    Here's a taste of what to expect once the BIG 3 is in operation. ECB should have had the courtesy to at least inquire from SLC, if it is ok to to talk to him. This is a absolutely bullish way ECB has conducted itself to show everyone, that "we are from the BIG 3 and we will do exactly as it pleases us". What unethical way this had been done is beyond anyone and this is not the way civilized organizations do things. Farbrace was lucky to have plucked the fortunes that was created by Ford and SLC should not even think about letting him go. Sri Lanka is is and will always be a winning team our talent pool is so deep any person with goon man management skills will be able to coach. SL's base is so good, when the players come to the international level, there is harpy any coaching to be done, but only to enhance and encourage the skills to be done. ICC should have a code of conduct for all the boards on poaching in order to stop this happening again.

  • on April 22, 2014, 19:47 GMT

    While Coaches makes a huge difference they cant make a team win a world cup... Players do that... If coaches win it then dav whatmore could have made B'desh a world cup winning side... or Pakistan... Let's see whether whether Farbrace could turn around the weak English side... While money plays a huge role in life, it's petty to just leave like this when a whole team has kept so much faith on him...

  • vimal03 on April 22, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    I don't think Farbrace will make England team better. I will be surprised if he stay with England for a long time. He wasted his chances with a better team just for extra money. He will be facing lot of question when Srilanka tours to England and when England collapse in ICC World cup 2015.

  • on April 22, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    I know he was hunted by ECB. I don't blame Farbrace on his decision after all the surrounding facts highlighted. But If I was in the decision making panel ECB would not have reached him. It is said that cricket is a game of Gentlemen. So this should not only be applicable to players but also to the administrators, specially a member of the world cricket governing body, recently agreed. In my view the founder & the core governor of the game must be an example for others to follow. If Farbrace was the county coach would ECB still offer him?

    Why couldn't ECB get him on board during flower's tenure if he is so crucial for EC?

    Is it ethical to hunt him less than a month to start the Sri Lankans tour in England? this is like a general in a battle field is hired by the opposition!!!

    We, sri lankan do not worry about ECB tactics. ECB with their media will do more tactics off the field just before the series starts. Lets see how the battle ends

  • bootlicker on April 22, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    There is no doubt that the ECB have shown it's class by pulling SL coach prematurely. It has to be discussed at a higher level because it is damaging the 'spirit of the game' off the field. Nobody can blame Farbrace because he is another man who likes to enjoy more money and more perks than his own dignity. Every Board is trying hard to give the best support to their players by providing the best coaches in the world, facilities and salaries etc. Having all that in the possession I wonder what kind of respect and enjoyment England team has given to the country and its people as a whole. The whole world witnessed it in the Australian tour and in the world T20 recently. It will be a great success if they can win at least one ODI and the T20 against SL in May.

  • TripleCenturian on April 22, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    @seanb. And applying your logic, how come Sri Lanka poached Farbs from Yorkshire where he was also under contract?

  • on April 22, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    Well, he left. The Sri Lankan team will survive, though!

    Although Farbrace didn't get to do much during the Asia Cup and T20 World Cup, he could've really made a difference this England tour and at the 2015 World Cup, more than just getting the players in the right frame of mind (which is what he said that he did).

    I think SLC and the Sri Lankan cricket team deserve a LOT of credit for getting Farby a job at home with their national side, with a pay that he probably didn't even dream of a few months ago.

    Anyway, good luck, Farby! Meet you in May ;)

    About the head coach position for SL, no need to panic as our players can work with Marvan, Vaas and Kalpage - the people who do the actual work - for the time being, at least until the England tour ends. Until then, SLC can find another coach.

    Good luck, Lions! Roaaar!! :)

  • yorkslanka on April 22, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    i have to be honest and say i am disappointed that Farbrace is leaving but i cannot blame his as we cant compete with his new salary..I can see that him being in his own country with his family will make this decision easy for him.good luck to him

  • on April 22, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    I hope he's worth it. Not sure that the combination of Moores and Farbrace will work. Desperate times for England.

  • Mannix16 on April 22, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    Nothing wrong in a man wanting to become a coach in the country of his birth with better pay. The problem is the timing of his decision. Sri Lanka are just ahead of a HUGE series in England and thus are at a time when they do not need a drastic change in the coaching staff. To compound that issue, their coach is pretty much switching sides to the opposition side. It's pretty much similar to a war between 2 nations and your general switches to the opposite side....... He should have waited until after the England Series before changing sides

  • priceless1 on April 22, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    get a feeling this going to be a disastrous tour for the SL , their young guns going to be found out by the English bowlers (with a little bit of help from their ex coach)

  • pvwadekar on April 22, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    Too many cooks spoil the broth. Why does a ECB main coach need an assistant coach ? England have an unbelievable backroom staff - batting coach, fast bowling coach, spin bowling coach, main coach and an assistant coach. Just get 6 more coaches to compose a team of "Coaches XI" to play.. they will not be as bad as the current playing XI..

  • KingOwl on April 22, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    @Herath: Yes, Sanath J could potentially be a good coach. But he has been great as the chief selector and I think he should remain there. No hasty decisions are needed. Let Marvan and the others do the job. Fielding will be fine and bowling-wise, Vass has a lot of experience in England. Getting temporary batting consultants and the like will be quite useless. Kumar will have played a bit of cricket in Durham and he will be as good as any to give some insights to young players. Let's not try to portray loss of Farbrace as some sort of a disaster! SL would have won the T20 WC, with or without Farbrace. Let's not forget. Sri Lankans thrive on chaos.

  • Bogelking on April 22, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    Feeling really sad of Farbrace departure from Srilanka, to join ECB offering better facilities. I am not criticising his viewpoint of selecting the side that he should coach. But I am worried about the plight of SLC, of how well can they reshape from this predicament. With the 50 over world cup round the corner, and the players gelling well with Farbrace-even though for a short period- will seriously affect them. But I hope that it is not going to happen. Because the SL players are on a high after a successful period in Bangladesh winning the tour, Asia Cup and the T20 world cup as well. So they could move on from this and concentrate in the future tours abroad as well as in their home to extend their good run. Good luck Sri Lanka.!!!!!

  • ramz30380 on April 22, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    SL team has a good combination of youth and exp and can do reasonably well on its own but to see some comments here that say SL are world beaters outside the subcontinent, I must say tht they dont know their cricket.

    SL needs a coach who will not be distracted by the local politics, will have a cool head and have a calming influence on the team while understanding the diff of all the off-field issues. But the important part here is tht to have a good coach, u need to pay him well. SL has faltered in tht and were looking out for economical choices - u wont have the best for less!

    Atapattu is a well respectd man but the diff he will face is tht he wont be able to dictate terms to Mahela and Sanga with whom he has played with. A person like Arjuna Ranatunga can do the job as he is an influential figure, understands cricket, commands respect and most importantly SLC wont mess with him!!!

  • SeanB on April 22, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    More money and work in home country - he decided to leave and that is understandable. But how can ECB approach a person contracted with another country? So far ECB picked players from other country; now ECB is targeting support staff as well.

  • on April 22, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    All and all Paul will see his side's lost to SL and he was chosen for the fact we didn't have other for that price not for his potential now it's up to the SL board seeking a better choice or stick with Marvan, As SL cricket point of view we haven't lost cricket in the nation, only a coach who was lucky to have been coaching in a great cricketing nation and specially he was fortunate enough to stay around with champion cricketers who could secure a world cup. Good luck Paul and you will see you lose your coaching team soon.

  • on April 22, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    A big disappointment, but with the success Sri Lanka has made recently, they can easily go on as usual in the future as well, without Fabrace. My bet is with or without Fabrace s/l will win the World cup in 2015, in 50 overs format.

  • SLMaster on April 22, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    Bring in Roy Dias, Duleep Mendis or Marvan Atapattu. These guys can do good too.

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on April 22, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    Terribly unfortunate, but understandable when you see it from Farbrace's viewpoint. When he has the option of getting a much better pay, that too working for his home country, why settle for a lower pay working elsewhere, apart from having to deal with off-field squabbles.

  • BlackHawk on April 22, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    I can't say I'm not disappointed but he had to make a choice he'll be happy with. To be honest, most people would accept the chance to work in their own country for a greater renumeration. I guess, appoint Marvan on an interim basis. I look forward to the day when the team can prosper under a local coach. However, I don't think that day is now. Sri Lanka still needs a foreign coach to be impartial in the treatment of the players and rise above the political cronyism.

  • Lion_96 on April 22, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    I have to say, its really disappointing to hear this news. Im not sure if any board would be willing to offer Farbrace a job after this incident. No one does it for the love of the game anymore, its just money, money money & more money. Thats whats this all about. If I were Farbrace, I would have stuck with SL. But this shows that Foreign coaches dont have the commitment to our team. Win or lose, if theres another (or better?) oppourtunity out there, they are gone in seconds. Secondly, what good is contract if you dont abide by it? Written agreements, dignity and love for the and professional commitment comes a distant 2nd to Love of the team & sport. I feel bit used, I must say. We win the Asia Cup & WT20 and coaches look to jump ship? How ironic would it be if SL beats ENG this summer??

  • Herath-UK on April 22, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    Why not Jayasuriya himself becomes the interim coach during the England tour. He is an iconic figure & respected internationally in no uncertain way ,has the political clout & above all can demand the players to toe his line. I think if not one of, was the central figure in recent triumphs Sri Lanka have had. He had the courage to pull Malinga & Thisara out from the BBL & am sure was the one who had the wherewithal to sideline Chandimal for the greater good of the team. No outsider however big can make much headway for the England tour & with so many senior experienced figures in the team & with Marvan & Vass as supporting coaches Jayasuriya should be the man for this tour.

  • on April 22, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    Why not? This happens in many jobs - if there is a better opportunity (money primarily), then people leave. But it is always good to leave on a decent note. For many jobs there are contractual obligations - so leaving is not easy. SL themselves paid money to get Fabrace - so these things happen. SL can do well under any coach.

  • Lord.emsworth on April 22, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    Well, He's only human. He did what he thought was best. After all he gets to stay in his home country, gets a better financial deal, and is the assis. coach for a country that has the richest history of competitive cricket. As I have said before, get Whatmore or alternatively a group of 3 seniors in the current team to be interim coach, see over the situation after the England tour, and then set about securing a foreign coach who will be above local bickering and politics.

  • on April 22, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    Paul Fabrace did admit when Sri Lanka won the Asia cup 2014 that he had nothing to with the success. WC T20 success was one long over due. SL have been in seven ICC finals recently. It is no loss to SL. We have Marvan Athapaththu who should have been given the job in the first place. He has and is doing a great job as the batting coach not to mention Vas as an excellent bowling coach. We do not need anyone from outside of Sri Lanka to coach our boys. Thank you Paul hope you get a change to enjoy success with the England setup too.

  • YsaKaru on April 22, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    as a lankan i'm disappointing........ But good luck for Paul Farbrace to future......

  • Popstar1234 on April 22, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    First of all this guy didn't win the T20 world cup or the Asia cup in three months....the SL Cricketers did. It was a just a case of right place, right time for Paul Fabrace. Do you really think he made all the difference in 3 months? Get real! This is a team that has been playing very good and consistent cricket for a few years.

    PF is just one member of the team along with 3 experienced Sri lankan coaches (whom I must add, understand the 'Sri Lankan' style of cricket and have great tactical knowledge about the game), the captain, vice-captain with the input of other senior players (i.e. Mahela, Sanga, Angelo) who would work on strategy and tactics for any given tournament BUT the execution of these tactics can only be done by the 11 men on the field. So let him go..and you know what they say about burning bridges...

    Give a Sri Lanka coach a chance (they are qualified and know their stuff) and if the SLC is adamant they need a foreigner then just get a strict man manager.

  • rizwan1981 on April 22, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    We need a coach who can help Mahela , Sanga and the rest score centuries in Australia , South Africa and England on a CONSISTENT basis. Boycott would be ideal but I doubt anyone besides Sanga will understand the Yorkshire accent ! I would also suggest MARTIN CROWE who would love the challenge of coaching an international team.

    Another good option would be Barry Richards or any other sound batting technician - Unfortunately Marvan Atapattu did not do well in England or the bouncy fast pitches in SA and Austalia

  • on April 22, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    how about Rahul Dravid..?

  • on April 22, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    Paul has all the rights to do what he did , he's just an employee of SLC , but the trouble he put SLC into is really disappointing , don't think this move will help his image at all , good thing for SLC is that for a change isn't not their fault

  • Udendra on April 22, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    If SLC cannot pay a "decent" salary for a coach, how are they ever going to secure a good appointment? Only a local person will be an option.

  • Herath-UK on April 22, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    Farbrace will be ever grateful & indebted to Sri Lanka, an unknown figure, never was in the ECB radar coming to prominence only because of Sri Lankan team high riding success. However this is the best outcome for both parties amicably departed, though Paul could have made it less damaging to SLC.

  • AS7777 on April 22, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    You Just wait Mr. Farbrace... Sri Lanka is coming to England

  • CUPULW on April 22, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    Understandable decision given the money and family reasons. What many who talk against foreigners is the family factor, having to uproot a family and move to a new place. Both Moody and Ford left because of this. Managing a young family is difficult for foreigners. Dav Whatmore is a different case. He is sri lankan by birth, went to Royal before the family (like many Burghurs) went to OZ. In fact his daughter worked at a City Hotel as a trinee executive while he was coach. He could acclamatize easily. The one that got away was Marsh. he had a mature family and could have stayed for a few years , but some did not like him. Some question what some of the local coaches have achieved. For the record Farbrace also achieved nothing realistically,; only in principle we won T20 WC under him. Everything was done by previous coach while in B'desh. Roy Dias has coached Nepal for a long time. Chandika is is coaching NSW but doubt he will come back as he is now an Auzzy.

  • on April 22, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    rias hathuru was assistant coach with belis before wc2011. mavan has done fair inup.i just think if there is no political or other influance.they can be best.

  • Smiling on April 22, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    Can we get Sri Lankan born Dav Whatmore back? He's usually in the job of saving teams...or sets them up for others to get the glory....I've also heard he has a Sri Lankan passport. Sounds like a plan to me!!!

  • on April 22, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    Oh no. Please do not appoint a Sri Lankan as head coach of Sri Lankan team. Can you remember what happened to Sri Lankan team performances when we appointed Roy Dias as coach of Srilankan team in 1996 immediately after we won the World Cup. We lost to Australia in Australia and we badly beaten in 1999 World Cup competition in England.

  • SLisBestinEarth on April 22, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    England cannot stop our progress towards World cup2015 by getting away Farbrace. Now we are awaiting eagerly for England season to reply back to England in their own courtyard both in Test & ODI Come on Lankan Lions

  • Nutcutlet on April 22, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    The issue of foreign coaches, esp. for sub-continental teams, raises its head once more. There's clearly a reluctance by the various boards to employ one of their own and its worth briefly examining why this should be the case. First, an expat coach is not open to the accusation of his board, its selectors or the supporters of the nat. side of which he has taken charge, of siding with his own (province, people, faith, etc.). Therefore, he's likely to be more objective and dispassionate when it comes to treating his charges equally. Secondly, he brings a set of ideas and experience that are from a different cricketing culture - and this is genuinely a major plus because the besetting weakness of subcontinental teams is their inability to perform away from their own geographical locale. Thirdly, as a visitor he doesn't have a permanent home in his adopted country & thus he's relieved of looking after his own property and the family he may have living in it. These are all major plusses.

  • EGWdxb on April 22, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    The Best Coach I recommend is Nishantha Ranathunga

  • SLisBestinEarth on April 22, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    We should stop recruiting coaches from Eng & Australia.. Lankan board can recruit Marvan/Murali/Vassy. We have enough coaches/heads to lead our team with best/modern equipments.

  • on April 22, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    As a Sri Lankans we should thank Paul Fardrace for his service. We have to give him good farewell as well. There will be lot of coaches around the world who wanna boost their coaching career They may interest to grab this opportunity. I think we must give a chance to local guy as well. If SLC can approach Hathurusinghe it will be really great if not next options will be Marvan Attapattu. Will see who will be next coach??

  • Rashen on April 22, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    Hmm .. I think he missed a long term career ... In Sri Lanka , he was given the Head Coach .. yet in England he is only good enough as the Assistant Coach .. what a irony... anyway as Sri Lankens we wish him all the best, and he would have taken this decision in the best interest of his Family and mother country, which is fair enough ...Personally my ideal candidate would be Dev Whatmore or Tom Moody.

  • on April 22, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    Does Sri Lanka really need a foreign coach after producing many star players..? I think it's time to a SriLankan to take it up...

  • on April 22, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    @mm7111 if you are on probation there is no notice period for employer or employee @rajith you really consider them to be world class coaches? what have thy acheived as coaches?

  • Asif_Bary on April 22, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    Good Luck to you Paul Fabrace !! If this is your there is nothing much any one could do. But Please remember always that is Sri Lanka who gave you the opportunity to be a top notch coach. All the best

  • sramesh_74 on April 22, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    Just cant understand why sub-continental teams are always after foreign coaches. There are such tremendous former players in India and SL. Aravinda D'Silva is a great example..Similarly India could go for a Robin Singh or Rahul Dravid..Why Fletcher???

  • DingDong420 on April 22, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    Oh dear....bad move for him!

  • on April 22, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    Come on, SLC. See the solution in front of you, use local coaches. If you keep hiring foreign coaches, you will just keep having this Farbrace repeat. Chandika Hathurasinghe head coach, Marvan Attapatu batting coach, Chaminda Vaas fast bowling coach, and Muttiah Muralitharan spin bowling coach...

  • on April 22, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    no prob put mavan or hathuru as head coach.

  • mm7111 on April 22, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    Ahh, the joys of job-hopping without notice period. I wish my current or future employers were so flexible.

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  • mm7111 on April 22, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    Ahh, the joys of job-hopping without notice period. I wish my current or future employers were so flexible.

  • on April 22, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    no prob put mavan or hathuru as head coach.

  • on April 22, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    Come on, SLC. See the solution in front of you, use local coaches. If you keep hiring foreign coaches, you will just keep having this Farbrace repeat. Chandika Hathurasinghe head coach, Marvan Attapatu batting coach, Chaminda Vaas fast bowling coach, and Muttiah Muralitharan spin bowling coach...

  • DingDong420 on April 22, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    Oh dear....bad move for him!

  • sramesh_74 on April 22, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    Just cant understand why sub-continental teams are always after foreign coaches. There are such tremendous former players in India and SL. Aravinda D'Silva is a great example..Similarly India could go for a Robin Singh or Rahul Dravid..Why Fletcher???

  • Asif_Bary on April 22, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    Good Luck to you Paul Fabrace !! If this is your there is nothing much any one could do. But Please remember always that is Sri Lanka who gave you the opportunity to be a top notch coach. All the best

  • on April 22, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    @mm7111 if you are on probation there is no notice period for employer or employee @rajith you really consider them to be world class coaches? what have thy acheived as coaches?

  • on April 22, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    Does Sri Lanka really need a foreign coach after producing many star players..? I think it's time to a SriLankan to take it up...

  • Rashen on April 22, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    Hmm .. I think he missed a long term career ... In Sri Lanka , he was given the Head Coach .. yet in England he is only good enough as the Assistant Coach .. what a irony... anyway as Sri Lankens we wish him all the best, and he would have taken this decision in the best interest of his Family and mother country, which is fair enough ...Personally my ideal candidate would be Dev Whatmore or Tom Moody.

  • on April 22, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    As a Sri Lankans we should thank Paul Fardrace for his service. We have to give him good farewell as well. There will be lot of coaches around the world who wanna boost their coaching career They may interest to grab this opportunity. I think we must give a chance to local guy as well. If SLC can approach Hathurusinghe it will be really great if not next options will be Marvan Attapattu. Will see who will be next coach??