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* Sri Lanka cricket authority has no contact with national coach
Sat, Apr 19, 2014, 10:43 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's cricket authority, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said Saturday that it has been unable to contact the national coach to verify the media reports on his possible recruitment by the England's cricket board.

The SLC issuing a media statement said that it has received numerous inquiries from the media in relation to England and Wales Cricket Board's interest in recruiting national coach Paul Farbrace as one of their coaches.

"Unfortunately, Paul Farbrace has not been in communication with SLC on this subject matter at this point of time. Efforts to contact Paul Farbrace, who is currently in England, have proved futile," the SLC said.

Farbrace, who accepted the coaching position with the SLC in January this year , has left to UK after the national team return to the country from Bangladesh following their ICC World Twenty 20 Cup earlier this month.

The SLC said however, ECB has communicated to the board their interest in considering Paul Farbrace to be recruited as one of their coaches.

"SLC have in no uncertain terms expressed its surprise and disappointment with regard to this development since Paul is in contract with SLC for a two year term (which includes a six month probation period) ending in December 2015 and particularly because the Sri Lanka national team will be visiting England within the next few weeks," the SLC said.

SLC said it is currently in communication with ECB, but however have informed them that they cannot progress this matter further until Paul Farbrace establishes a dialogue with SLC since the contractual obligations are with the individual.

"SLC will be closely monitoring the progress of this matter and further developments on this matter will be communicated to the press in due course," the cricket authority said.

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