3 foreign coaches in Sri Lanka’s radar
By Bipin Dani
Paul Farbrace, one of the possible candidates Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) wanted to hire for coaching the senior national team is not in the race now, it is reliably learnt.
According to the highly placed sources, the 52-year old former England cricketer did not show interest.
Farbrace, though has not played international cricket, is considered to be one among the few successful coaches and has coached Sri Lankans in the past and was also with the England squad.
The authorities have now shortlisted the three candidates-two from South Africa (both have not played international cricket but have coached the international teams) and one from Australia.
The shortlisted Australian has played Tests and ODIs’ and also has experience of coaching a Full Member team in the past and was a coach of one of the franchise teams of world’s most popular league.
Interestingly, one of the two South African coaches are already in negotiations with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) also and his fate will be decided in coming week.
The new coach for Sri Lankan team may be offered a 4-year-term to prepare the team for the next World Cup in 2023.
A player from Zimbabwe may be hired as a batting coach.
When asked whether there would still be change in coaching jobs if the Sri Lanka team wins all three ODIs’ against Bangladesh, the powerful source confirmed, “yes, there will be a change”.
And yes, the present coach Chandika Hathurusingha is still favorite to join Bangladesh again, it is also learnt.