Sri Lanka’s new coach Farbrace admits to mixed emotions

Paul Farbrace has described the Yorkshire second-team coach’s job he is leaving behind to join Sri Lanka as one of the best jobs in county cricket.

The 46-year-old Kent-born former wicketkeeper has accepted a two-year contract to become the new national coach of Sri Lanka, effective from January 1, after as many years in charge of the White Rose county’s second string.

Farbrace has made a big impact with the club, who are desperately disappointed to see him go. He has admitted to having mixed emotions regarding the move, although the SL job was an opportunity he could not turn down.

“Whoever gets the job is coming into one of the best jobs in county cricket,” he told the Northern Echo.

“Coaching Yorkshire’s second team when you’ve got such a thriving Academy that’s one the best in the country if not the world, a first-team coach who is willing to play those players when there’s opportunities available and the quality of senior players who get the odd game in the seconds means that you’re very lucky.

“Whoever comes in has got really good people around them.

“One of the reasons I came here was to get back to hands on coaching, which I didn’t feel I was doing at Kent. I feel that’s happened here, and I’ve really enjoyed it.

“I also wanted to learn from Martyn Moxon, which I feel I’ve done. His knowledge of county cricket and knowledge of coaching is as good as anybody’s.

“I didn’t know Dizzy (Jason Gillespie) at all, and we’ve developed a really close friendship. That, to me, has added to the amount that I’ve learnt.

“It’s a very exciting opportunity for me, and I’m looking forward to getting on with it. But the disappointment is that I think the club is on the verge of great things. In the two years that I’ve been here, I’ve seen the club grow on and off the field.”

Yorkshire have already advertised for a new second-team coach.

James Buttler

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