The ECB look set to follow up their appointment of Peter Moores as head coach by
adding ex-Yorkshire second eleven coach Paul Farbrace to their coaching staff.
Rumours have been escalating that the current Sri Lankan head coach has resigned his position in order to take up a coaching role under Moores.
If these rumours are true then it has been a meteoric rise to the England set-up for the former Kent player. Farbrace was only appointed as Sri Lankan coach in December but he has clearly made an impact on a side who have struggled in recent years to capture a World trophy. They have suffered a string of final disappointments but their victory over India earlier this month sent the country into raptures and gave Paul Farbrace hero status, just four months into a two-year contract.
Farbrace had been part of Sri Lanka's coaching staff previously, as assistant coach, but
this was marred by the terrorist attack in Lahore in 2009 when the team bus was fired upon by gunmen. Farbrace was injured in the attack and just four months later left his role, having clearly been affected by the ordeal, and joined Kent as Director of Cricket.
Prior to his second appointment with Sri Lanka Farbrace was Yorkshire's second elevencoach since November 2011. Yorkshire are renowned for having a fantastic youth
policy and it was Farbrace's role to try and nuture this great pool of talent through the second eleven and ready them for first-class cricket. A number of the side playing for Yorkshire today will have been influenced by Farbrace's excellent coaching methods.
As well as his more recent coaching experience Farbrace has also enjoyed spells as coach of the England women's team and also the England Under-19s. His broad range of coaching experience in England and elsewhere will help define the journey that England are embarking on under himself and Peter Moores. How well they work together only time will tell but combined they have been exposed to a lot of cricket in varying circumstances so, if experience counts for anything, they should help drag English cricket out of the doldrums.
With Peter Moores taking over all three formats of the game his workload will naturally increase and this will allow Farbrace to become heavily involved in coaching and decision-making, which will aid his development further and allow his own style to develop. Previously England have never really had an official number two to the head coach so it will be interesting to see how this works in the long-term. England though clearly wanted Farbrace so this is testament to him and his coaching achievements so far.
Sri Lanka will be disappointed to lose Farbrace once again, as they now need to appoint yet another coach, but what is Sri Lanka's loss is certainly England's gain. Bringing together an ex-Lancashire and an ex-Yorkshire coach is an interesting combination but one that should excite England supporters and ensure the players are heading in the right direction once again.
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