The head coach of the Sri Lanka cricket team Paul Farbrace has decided to leave his post and take up the assistant coach’s job for his native country, England.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said that Farbrace this morning officially informed his decision to the SLC executive committee.
Only yesterday SLC had expressed optimism that the former Kent player would stay on with Sri Lanka despite offers from the England and Wales Cricket Board to become the deputy for Peter Moores.
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Farbrace was at the helm when Sri Lanka won the World T20 title earlier this month by beating India in the final. He had earlier guided Sri Lanka to a win at the Asia Cup in March and emerge triumphant in the Test and ODI series in Bangladesh.
Sri Lanka recruited Farbrace from Yorkshire in December last year and the Englishman lost just one of his 17 games at the helm – against England in the World Twenty20 earlier this month.
Farbrace, who had previously served as Sri Lanka’s assistant coach, took up the head coach’s role only at the end of 2013.
He joined a long succession of head coaches for the national side and leave the job abruptly since the last World Cup held in 2011.
Trevor Bayliss left the job after the World Cup, leaving the Australian Stuart Law as the interim coach. Law was succeeded by the Sri Lankan Rumesh Ratnayeke until the arrival of the Australian Geoff Marsh.
The former Aussie opening batsman was sacked by Sri Lanka and the SLC incurred severance pay as Marsh filed legal action for unfair dismissal.
He was replaced by Graham Ford, who quit the job to join the English county side Surrey. Farbrace was his successor.
SLC sources said Farbrace was still under a period of probation and his contract was suppose to run until the end of next year.
‘This is not done’
England will be playing a Test and ODI series against Sri Lanka next month and Farbrace’s decision to resign angered Sri Lanka chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya. “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 a Sri Lankan newspaper. “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,” he said.