SLC get $150k for Farbrace, hint that Marvan Atapattu is next head coach

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The blow to Sri Lanka Cricket in losing head coach Paul Farbrace after just 3 months has been softened somewhat – at least financially – by the news that the England Cricket Board are to pay $150,000 in compensation for poaching him.

The amount is roughly equal to Farbrace’s yearly contract, but given that SLC reportedly paid around $80,000 to release Farbrace from his previous contract with Yorkshire, the windfall is not as great as it first seems.

Farbrace, speaking to media in the UK, said that he understood Sri Lankan frustrations, but that a chance to work with the national side from his own country was too much to resist.

“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 Five.

“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 fantastic opportunity and a great time to be involved.

“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 them.”

Meanwhile, the SLC chief selector hinted that Marvan Atappattu could replace Farbrace as Sri Lanka’s head coach.  Sanath Jayasuriya said that the Englishman’s departure had left the SLC in a “desperate situation” and that he needed to talk to Atapattu personally “on certain things” after the SLC meeting held on Thursday morning on the appointment of a new coach.

“Still you can’t announce (that Atapattu will be the next coach). I need to talk with him on certain things before the England tour”, he added.

The former national captain and current batting coach was hotly tipped to be the next head coach before Farbrace was appointed, but it looks like his chance might have come this time around.

Jayasuriya also said that the pressure of captaincy had been too much for Dinesh Chandimal, which is why he had been replaced with Lasith Malinga.

“We thought of getting the maximum from him nurturing him as a future captain. But he didn’t come out of the pressure of being the captain. We gave our fullest support. We think he needs to be concentrating only on his batting for some time,” he explained.

“Lahiru Thirimanne is a different player. He bats anywhere in the order and is good in all three formats. He can adjust to any situation,” Jayasuriya further explained justifying their decision to replace Thirimanne as the national vice-captain of Test, ODI and T20 teams.

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