Dec 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's cricket authority, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) today announced the appointment of former assistant coach Paul Farbrace as the National Head Coach from next year.
The commencement of his contract will be in effect from 1st January 2014 for a period of two years, the SLC said in a statement.
Farbrace will fill the position left vacant with the departure of current head coach Graham Ford from the beginning of 2014. Ford did not renew his contract for the next year citing personal reasons.
The Executive Committee of SLC reached the decision after engagement with the committee appointed to nominate the most suitable candidate for SLC.
The committee, headed by Ranjith Fernando (Chairman Cricket Committee), comprised Mohan De Silva (Vice President), Nishantha Ranatunga (Secretary), Nuski Mohamed (Treasurer), Sanath Jayasuriya (Chairman National Selection Committee), Ashley De Silva (CEO) and Jerome Jayaratne (Head of Coaching).
The final decision was made after much deliberation as a selection of Sri Lankan candidates showed commendable credentials as applicants to this post, the SLC said.
Earlier last month SLC shortlisted Sri Lanka bowling coach Marvan Atapattu and Mark Davis for the post.
Farbrace had been Sri Lanka's assistant coach under Trevor Bayliss from 2007 to 2009. He left to coach Yorkshire's second XI after he got injured in the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan national team in Lahore in March 2009.
SLC thanked the Yorkshire Cricket Club for being generous enough to release Farbrace for duty in Sri Lanka.