Paul Farbrace looks set to be appointed as Peter Moores assistant coach after he resigned as Sri Lanka head coach earlier today.

Speculation was rife that the former Kent wicket-keeper would quit to take the role following the appointment of Moores over the weekend.

Sri Lanka Cricket released a statement this morning, confirming Farbrace's departure. It read: "National coach Paul Farbrace tendered his resignation and has indicated his unavailability to continue with immediate effect in order to take up an appointment with the ECB."

Farbrace had only been in the role since January of this year, and had already lead Sri Lanka to the World Twenty20 title in Bangladesh early this month.

Farbrace had a two-year contract with Sri Lanka and was set to take the side to the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next year.

Sri Lankan Cricket secretary Nishantha Ranatunga stressed how much they wanted the 46-year-old to stay. He said: "We had talks with Paul and tried to convince him to stay because of the valuable contribution he has made to Sri Lanka cricket during his short tenure."

The interview took place over the Easter weekend as Farbrace returned home to England. 

Sri Lanka are now looking for their seventh coach in four years, and will look to appoint someone quickly as they head to England next month for two tests and a limited over series.

"The (executive committee) will have to sit down and discuss how best we can find a suitable replacement for Farbrace for the tour to England which starts on the first week of May," Ranatunga said.

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