Paul Farbrace was yesterday announced as England's assistant coach to work alongside Peter Moores.
After talks and negotiations with Sri Lanka Cricket, an agreement was reached which allowed ECB to appoint Farbrace as the assistant coach.
ECB Chief David Collier said: "We are grateful to SLC for their understanding and co-operation in releasing Paul from his contract in order to achieve his desire to return to England and to allow him to work with Peter Moores. Paul developed his coaching through the ECB's Level Four programme and brings substantial international experience to the new Team England management."
Paul Downton added: “In his short time as Sri Lanka Coach Paul has enjoyed unprecedented success winning first the Asia Cup and then following that with victory in the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh - Sri Lanka's first global trophy since 1996.
“He brings experience not only of his recent stint as Sri Lanka Coach but also his respected work with the England Academy, the England women's team and his two years as Sri Lanka's Assistant Coach. He also has great domestic knowledge following his time with Kent and Yorkshire.
“I am really excited about the way the England management structure is taking shape and I know that Paul and Peter Moores are looking forward to working closely together. I would like to echo David Collier's thanks to SLC for reaching an agreement which allowed Paul to join us.”
Farbrace said: “It’s fantastic to be given the opportunity to work with your own country’s national team and this was an offer that I could not turn down – much as I have enjoyed working with the Sri Lankan players and sharing in their recent success.
“I am particularly relishing the chance to work more closely with Peter as we undertook the Level Four Coaching programme together and have known each other since we were both young wicketkeepers on the county circuit together. It will also be great to renew acquaintances with Alastair Cook and other senior players whom I worked with earlier in my coaching career with England’s age-group teams.”
England head coach Moores welcomed Farbrace's appointment and added: “I am looking forward to getting down to work with Paul in the next few days. We have a lot of work to do in a short time as we prepare for the fast-approaching international season. There is no doubt Paul will bring a lot of recent international experience to the England set-up."
This is just about the setup an English fan like me would have wanted to see. The experience and determination of Moores added to Farbrace's excellence as a coach and experience in the sub-continent could shape up to begin this new era, which, hopefully, could be the most memorable one for the Englishmen.
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