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Paul Farbrace linked to Sri Lanka top job
Paul Farbrace is in the frame to become the new head coach of Sri Lanka.
It is understood that Yorkshire’s popular second XI coach has been contacted about the possibility of replacing Graham Ford, the South African who leaves his post in January due to family reasons.
Reports have suggested the 46-year-old from Kent was one of six applicants for the role, although White Rose director of professional cricket Martyn Moxon insisted that was not the case.
Yet Yorkshire believe there is interest in the former wicketkeeper, although neither the club nor Farbrace have heard anything concrete.
The county’s chief executive Mark Arthur admitted: “It is inevitable with the progress Yorkshire have made on the cricket pitch over the last couple of years, and with the number of players representing England at all levels, that our coaches will be in the frame for international appointments as and when positions become available.”
Farbrace was Sri Lanka’s assistant coach under Trevor Bayliss but quit shortly after suffering a wounded right arm in a terrorist attack on their team bus while touring Pakistan in March 2009.
He returned to Kent as their head coach before resigning from that role at the end of the 2011 summer. He was appointed Yorkshire’s second XI coach ahead of the 2012 campaign.
Farbrace is a highly respected coach in England and Sri Lanka and it would be no surprise to see him return to work with the likes of Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan.
He has formed a close working relationship with Yorkshire first-team coach Jason Gillespie in particular.
And while overseeing the development of a number of the county’s promising youngsters, Farbrace was credited with improving the entire squad’s fielding performance during the 2012 summer when they secured LV= County Championship promotion and reached the group stages of the Champions League t20.
Other candidates for the Sri Lanka role include former Yorkshire overseas batsman Stephen Fleming and current Lancashire coach Peter Moores.