Former Sri Lanka assistant coach Paul Farbrace in link with top job

Paul Farbrace, Yorkshire’s second XI coach, is one of a handful of names in the frame to become the new Sri Lanka coach when Graham Ford vacates his position in January due to family reasons.


Paul Farbrace - are rumours of a Sri Lankan return wide of the mark (Photo Credit:

Reports over the last 24 hours have linked the former Sri Lanka assistant coach, who worked under Trevor Bayliss for two years between July 2007 and July 2009, with the post alongside names such as Lancashire coach Peter Moores, Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming, former SL trainer Shane Duff and current fielding coach Ruwan Kalpage.

Yorkshire are desperate not to lose such a highly respected coach, and their chief executive Mark Arthur told the Bradford Telegraph and Argus newspaper: “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”.


Paul Farbrace and Jason Gillespie (Photo Credit:

Farbrace, a former wicketkeeper, went on to coach native county Kent following his departure from Sri Lanka.

He spent two seasons there before resigning to join Yorkshire and work alongside first-team coach Jason Gillespie and director of professional cricket Martyn Moxon.

The 46-year-old is a popular figure at Headingley.

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