Farbrace in the running for Sri Lanka job

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Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Nishantha Ranatunga has confirmed former assistant coach Paul Farbrace's addition to the shortlist for the position of national head coach.

Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Nishantha Ranatunga has confirmed former assistant coach Paul Farbrace's addition to the shortlist for the position of national head coach.

Farbrace is in the running alongside ex-captain Marvan Atapattu and erstwhile Sussex coach Mark Davis – and will undergo a second interview later this month.

"We spoke to him at SLC, and it was a cordial discussion," said Ranatunga. "We told him what we are looking for and he gave us his plans and ideas.

"We will have the second round of interviews with him next week, which could happen over the phone, or in person.

"It's down to three, but we are open to anyone who is interested and has the right qualifications."

Current coach Graham Ford's tenure will end in late January 2014, when the series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates concludes.

Ford's predecessor Geoff Marsh, meanwhile, has reached an undisclosed financial settlement with Sri Lanka Cricket over his dismissal in January 2012.

Marsh's term lasted a mere four months – and his exit coincided with the replacement of skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan and the entire selection panel.

"We were successful in negotiating a settlement prior to the commencement of the trial," said Marsh's manager and solicitor, Stephen Atkinson.

"Geoff is delighted that this matter has now been resolved and he can fully concentrate on his various coaching roles in Australia and in particular his coaching duties with the Western Warriors."

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