SLC surprised by Farbrace’s move

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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has expressed surprise and disappointment over the surprise move by national coach Paul Farbrace to consider taking up a coaching position with England cricket team.
 
SLC said in a media release that they have been unable to contact Farbrace who is in England while ECB had communicated to SLC expressing their desire to have Farbrace released from Sri Lanka duties.
 
Following is the full text of SLC Release.
 
SLC has received numerous inquiries from the Media in relation to England and Wales Cricket Board’s interest in recruiting 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.
 
However, ECB has communicated to us their interest in considering Paul Farbrace to be recruited as one of their coaches. SLC have in no uncertain terms expressed it’s 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. SLC is currently in communication with ECB, but however have informed them that we cannot progress this matter further until Paul Farbrace establishes a dialogue with SLC since our 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.
 
 
Meanwhile, ESPNcricinfo reported that Farbrace's contract began on January 1 this year, but he only took charge of the team before their tour of Bangladesh, which began on January 24. SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga told ESPNcricinfo that Farbrace's contract carries an exit-clause, which requires the coach to give the board six months' notice before leaving his position. If that six months' notice is not observed, Farbrace will likely be compelled to give financial compensation for his early departure.
The ESPNcricinfo also said:
In Farbrace's two-and-a-half months with the side, Sri Lanka have won the Asia Cup and the World T20, and lost only one match out of 18, across all formats. Farbrace had not been part of the Sri Lanka team's Colombo reception after the World T20 win, having left the country soon after the team landed.
 
SLC will face a significant crisis if Farbrace takes up the England position, as they have a full international schedule in the four months beginning in May. Following the tour of Ireland and England, Sri Lanka is set to host no.1 Test side South Africa at home in July, before Pakistan's expected arrival for another full tour in August.
 
Sri Lanka have also built methodically towards the 2015 World Cup - an event they feel they have a significant chance of winning, given their ODI form in Australia over the past few years - but they must now contemplate the possibility of arriving at that tournament with a head coach who has been with the team for less than a year.
 
Before Farbrace took over the Sri Lanka job, financial limitations had severely hindered SLC's hunt for a new national coach once Graham Ford announced he would leave the post in January. Sri Lanka's position in world cricket and the board's crippling debt has meant that it is largely only attractive to coaches on the make, instead of the well-established names.
 
Weeks after accepting the role, in February, Farbrace had said he was "excited" to be working with the team, which featured a band of developing young players. He is also believed to have settled well within the side.
 
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  • Cobra Sunday, 20 April 2014 01:45 AM

    It's no big deal really. Maybe Farbrace wants to go like Sanga with a World Cup under his belt or maybe he does remember what happened to Whatmore after the '96 World Cup win!

    Hirantha Monday, 21 April 2014 04:19 AM

    ! Everbody waite & see these guys will not allows us to maintain our might in international cricket ! this is more than enough for us to realize this ! time has come to switch into our own coaches!

    Dilshan Fernando Sunday, 20 April 2014 03:37 AM

    He don't want to work for a bankrupt cricket board and under corrupted political appointed officials.

    Ameerullah Lebbe Sunday, 20 April 2014 09:21 AM

    Since he work with the Sri Lankan team, he got the opportunity to work any other team in the world. via DM Android App

    TJ Sunday, 20 April 2014 03:59 AM

    may be someone here, was threatened him with a pistol

    hanad Sunday, 20 April 2014 09:31 AM

    bring in a Sri Lankan coach one guy coaching the Australian county via DM Android App

    Ranjo Sunday, 20 April 2014 04:22 AM

    [quote name="cricketfan since1975"]bring roy dias as sl coach...hes like a foreigner too,,,,if u need that mentality via DM Android App[/quote]

    He has been described as a Colombo Tamil Chetty. How can you call him a foreigner?

    Sarathsk Saturday, 19 April 2014 05:59 PM

    Perhaps he might have felt thay he did not receive the reception that he expected after winning the Asian and T20 world cups, which I think he very well deserved. via DM Android App

    naxk Sunday, 20 April 2014 12:02 PM

    he may have received the whatmore treatment after the 20/20 worldcup wib via DM Android App

    cricketfan since1975 Saturday, 19 April 2014 07:32 PM

    bring roy dias as sl coach...hes like a foreigner too,,,,if u need that mentality via DM Android App

    chennaiguy Saturday, 19 April 2014 07:47 PM

    So much for professionalism !! SLC should have him banned as a coach.

    Percy Watkins Sunday, 20 April 2014 01:23 PM

    He is worried that Sri Lanka will be banned from international matches if the government continues to say 'no' to Geneva. Best coach a 'safe' team. via DM iPad app

    Sim Sunday, 20 April 2014 10:55 AM

    Suprising SLC is unable to contact Farbrace with the current technology. It's time we look for home grown coaches.

    Nirmala Peiris Sunday, 20 April 2014 11:14 AM

    Very true . We in Sri Lanka politics and cricket goes together . So these kind of gentleman are not suited.

    Nihal Amarasekera Monday, 21 April 2014 06:17 AM

    Brace for happier times!

    Haramanis Saturday, 19 April 2014 07:50 PM

    They've always been stealing good things from us!

    willows Monday, 21 April 2014 07:32 AM

    I agree Roy Dais is the best choice

    Ravi Saturday, 19 April 2014 08:13 PM

    Britain is keen on human rights but I guess when it comes to ethics, its anyone's game.

    Don Saturday, 19 April 2014 08:34 PM

    Why I am not surprised.

    Roshan Monday, 21 April 2014 08:01 AM

    David Whatmore also did the same thing, something wrong with our Board.

    Machan Monday, 21 April 2014 02:57 AM

    Don't worry. Bring Marvan as Sri Lankan coach..

    Kiris Baba Amaray Monday, 21 April 2014 03:12 AM

    Its the mistake of SLC never treated the any National Coach in the proper manner, this is the reason why all the best Coaches left us astray. This will be a disaster for our National Team in the future. SLC officials, please correct your petty 3rd class attitudes.

    Mottaya Sunday, 20 April 2014 06:54 PM

    It could be that he was under pressure from some of the officials to rubber stamp their wishes and choices like what happens in many ministries. He may have thought this is the right time to say " bye to Sri Lanka and the coyotes. via DM iPad app

    Kiris Baba Amaray Monday, 21 April 2014 03:13 AM

    [quote name="roy"]Difficult to work with SLC board hyenas so we lost a good coach. via DM iPad app[/quote]
    [quote name="roy"]Difficult to work with SLC board hyenas so we lost a good coach. via DM iPad app[/quote]

    Correct Roy, SLC will be blamed and criticized later for their wrong doing.

    roy Sunday, 20 April 2014 04:57 AM

    Difficult to work with SLC board hyenas so we lost a good coach. via DM iPad app

    kane Sunday, 20 April 2014 12:17 AM

    He, probably wants to make while sun shines!

    Malij Monday, 21 April 2014 09:14 AM

    Caught with its breeches down again due to a breach created by a breach of contract, SLC now bracing against criticism because of Farbrace, whom they had embraced without reaching far, and also without knowing he was wearing braces.


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