Sri Lanka have appointed Paul Farbrace as head coach on a two-year contract after Yorkshire released him from his position as second-team coach.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) initially interviewed four candidates for the job and from that, drew up a shortlist of Marvan Atapattu and Mark Davis before making a late decision to talk to Farbrace.
Farbrace served as assistant coach to Trevor Bayliss in Sri Lanka between 2007 and 2009 before moving on to coach with Kent and then Yorkshire.
"Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce to the local and international media the appointment of Mr. Paul Farbrace to the Head Coach position of the Sri Lankan National team," an SLC statement read.
"The commencement of his contract will be in effect from 1st January 2014 for a period of two years."
Farbrace had moved to Yorkshire ahead of the 2012 season and was in charge of the second team for two years.
"Paul’s departure from the Club is a loss and I would like to personally thank him for his efforts over the past two years in his role as second team coach," Yorkshire Chairman Colin Graves said.
"Paul leaves the club in an excellent condition and his dedication in developing the careers of some of our young players, who are now coming through the ranks, is a major part in moving the Club forward to achieve its aims and ambitions.
"He goes to Sri Lanka with our blessing and we wish him well in the next chapter of his career. We look forward to welcoming him back to Headingley in June, when Sri Lanka will take on England in the opening Test series of the summer."
He will replace Graham Ford, who is standing down as head coach at the end of the year.
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