Colombo, Dec 20: England's Paul Farbrace has been appointed as the new head coach of Sri Lanka team for a two-year period, on Friday.
Farbrace replaces Graham Ford, who has decided not to renew his contract with the Islanders. Farbrace's contract runs from January 1, 2014.
The 46-year-old Farbrace is a former England first-class wicketkeeper-batsman. He was the coach of Yorkshire County's second XI. He will now move from Yorkshire to take up his new role in Sri Lanka.
Farbrace is a former Kent and Middlesex player. He was the assistant coach of Sri Lanka from July 2007 to August 2009. Farbrace was with the team when the Sri Lankan players came under terrorist attack in the bus in Lahore in March, 2009.
"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." said Yorkshire Chairman Colin Graves on the team's website.
"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 added.
Farbrace will join the team in the United Arab Emirates where Sri Lanka is currently playing Pakistan.