Yorkshire have given permission for the Sri Lankan Cricket Board to speak to Second Team Coach Paul Farbrace regarding their vacancy for the post of national coach.
Farbrace will travel to Sri Lanka next week to open talks.
Farbrace joined Yorkshire as Second Team Coach at the start of the 2012 season at the same time as First Team Coach Jason Gillespie. In his first season, he helped the Club gain promotion to the first division of the County Championship and played a major part in helping Yorkshire reach the T20 Champions League tournament in South Africa in the autumn of 2012.
“We have given permission for Sri Lanka Cricket to speak to Paul,” said Yorkshire’s Chief Executive Mark Arthur.
“We were approached last week and after discussing the situation with Martyn (Moxon, Yorkshire’s Director of Cricket), we have reluctantly agreed for Paul to travel to Sri Lanka next week to open talks with the Sri Lanka Cricket Board.
“Paul has done a tremendous job in developing the exciting talent that is starting to come to fruition at the Club. Over the past couple of years, he has been an integral part of our success in developing players for First Team cricket.
“It would be a great shame to lose someone of Paul’s talent but we are well aware of his own personal ambitions. He remains under contract with the Club.”
Prior to his role at Headingley, Farbrace worked as First Team Coach at Kent and had a spell as Assistant Coach with the Sri Lanka national team between 2007 and 2009. He started his coaching career working at the ECB.