Farbrace new Sri Lanka coach

Former assistant coach Paul Farbrace has been named as Sri Lanka's new head coach.

Former assistant coach Paul Farbrace has been named as Sri Lanka's new head coach.

Farbrace has been afforded a two-year contract, which will commence early next year.

The 46-year-old, who recently ended a successful tenure with Yorkshire's second XI, was hired ahead of ex-national captain Marvan Atapattu and Sussex coach Mark Davis.

"The move has happened very quickly. It came to fruition a couple of weeks ago and once there was an interest from Sri Lanka it was hard to turn it down," said Farbrace.

"International cricket is something that I was keen to do at some stage further down the line but when this opportunity came up, it I had to take make a tough decision.

"International cricket is the highest form of the game and to test myself in that arena will be a great challenge. I spend a lot of time encouraging players to be the best they can be and continually to challenge themselves and this, being true to myself, is what I have to do.

"Sri Lanka is a fantastic place and it is packed full of great cricketers and the next generation of international players are steadily coming through. The next few years will be exciting for the game and to be part of that development will be very rewarding from a career point of view."

Current coach Graham Ford's term will likely draw to a close at the end of the ongoing limited-overs series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

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."