Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 26th 2014 Contents Paul Farbrace has said he understands
the disappointment in Sri Lanka about his
decision to leave after just a few months in
the role of head coach and take up a job as
Peter Moores’ assistant in the new England
Farbrace was confirmed as England assistant
coach on Wednesday, having tendered his
resignation to SLC the day before. He took
up the Sri Lanka post in January after two
years in charge of Yorkshire’s 2nd XI and
oversaw victorious campaigns at the Asia
Cup and World T20 but was able to leave
without the ECB paying any compensation
due to a six-month probationary period writ-
ten into his contract.
His first major role with England will be
to prepare them for Sri Lanka’s arrival in May
for Test, ODI and T20 series. Farbrace said
he would experience “mixed feelings” about
such a swift reunion with his former charges
but said the opportunity to coach with his
own country had been too good to turn down.
“It doesn’t look great from the outside,
someone leaving a job after four months, and
I understand from a Sri Lankan point of view
that there is disappointment because it was
a successful time,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
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“I understand there will be that disappointment but
as I went back to explain to them on Monday, the
opportunity to work with my own team, my own
country, and be working from home was an offer I
couldn’t really refuse.
“The opportunity to work with your own national
team is almost beyond your wildest dreams. It’s a fan-
tastic opportunity and a great time to be involved.
There was some disappointment but most people in
the room understood the situation. I like to think we
finish on reasonably good terms.
“It will be interesting for me and the players that
the series in a couple of weeks is against Sri Lanka
and there will be some mixed feelings because I built
some good relationships—not just this time but the
previous time—with the players. As a coach you do
make good, strong relationships and they’re not easy
things to put to one side when you’re playing against
Farbrace was Moores’ choice for the assistant role
after the former Lancashire coach was appointed to
lead England for the second time. Both were at the
ECB’s National Performance Centre in Loughborough
on Thursday for a medical screening of England players
and they will now begin the work of planning England’s
new era alongside the Test and ODI captain, Alastair
“I’ve had a good day with Mooresy at Loughborough,”
Farbrace said. “It’s exciting. I shall be working closely
with Mooresy, the support staff and players and hope-
fully doing what I enjoy doing, which is working hard
and working with the players.
“I came across Mooresy in international cricket,
when he was coach of England and I was assistant at
Sri Lanka, and in county cricket when we worked
together on the level four ECB programme. We’ve
spent a lot of time together and he’s someone I’ve
admired and watched work from a distance for a long
time. It’s a brilliant opportunity to work with him.
“I still feel I’m developing as a coach and I’ve got
a lot to learn from someone like Peter Moores in this
situation. I would like to think Peter will be in the job
for many years to come and in a really successful
period for England cricket, for the players and for
Peter, and it would be great to be a to play a very small
part in that.”
Atapattu to coach Sri Lanka
on England tour
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka—Marvan Atapattu leads Sri
Lanka on a tour of England and Ireland next week
with a major task of overcoming the inside knowledge
of his predecessor as national coach, Paul Fabrace.
Fabrace resigned as Sri Lanka coach on Tuesday,
three successful months into a two-year contract, to
return home to become the assistant to new England
coach Peter Moores.
Atapattu was confirmed as the interim coach yes-
terday by Sri Lanka Cricket.
“That’s the biggest challenge for us. (Farbrace) had
been working with Sri Lankan players for the last few
months. He knows the inside out of our team,” chief
selector Sanath Jayasuriya said. “We were a very suc-
cessful team. Our team management, Marvan,
(Chaminda) Vaas, and Ruwan Kalpage have to do a
lot of things to come out of this problem.”
Atapattu has been the national team’s batting coach
for three years and the assistant coach for 13 months,
and was shortlisted with Farbrace for the head position
at the end of last year.
His standing and the lack of time before the tour
gave SLC little option but to choose Atapattu, and
make his assistant Kalpage, the fielding coach and
former test offspinner. Vaas was the bowling coach.
SLC appointed them only for the upcoming tour,
which begins with a one-day international against
Ireland on May 6, and the home series against South
Africa in July.
Atapattu retired from a 90-Test career, including
16 centuries, in 2007. (AP)
‘Could not refuse England’—Farbrace
Paul Farbrace gets a hug from his players at the India v Sri Lanka, final, World T20,
Mirpur, April 6. He will be reunited with his former team when Sri Lanka arrives to tour
England. GETTY IMAGES
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