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Yorkshire coach Paul Farbrace in frame for Sri Lanka role
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 yesterday suggested that the 46-year-old from Kent was one of six applicants for the role, although White Rose director of professional cricket Martyn Moxon said that was not the case.
Yorkshire, however, 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 has 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 he resigned shortly after suffering a wounded right arm in a terrorist attack on their team bus whilst 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’s first-team coach Jason Gillespie, in particular.
While overseeing the development of a number of 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 role include former Yorkshire overseas batsman Stephen Fleming and current Lancashire coach Peter Moores.
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