Paul Farbrace in line to take over from Graham Ford as coach of Sri Lanka national side
Former Kent coach Paul Farbrace has emerged as the leading candidate to become the new coach of Sri Lanka.
Last Updated: 10/12/13 5:35pm
The 46-year-old, who is currently second XI coach at Yorkshire, has already held talks with the country's cricket board.
Yorkshire stated at the weekend they had "reluctantly" given Farbrace permission to discuss a soon-to-be-vacant role with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), who are losing Graham Ford to Surrey.
Farbrace has also previously been in charge of the England women's side and had a spell as assistant coach with Sri Lanka from 2007 to 2009, during which time he suffered shrapnel wounds in a terrorist attack on the team's bus in Lahore.
In a statement, Sri Lanka Cricket said: "SLC committee, which was headed by Mr Ranjith Fernando, the chairman of the cricket committee, had detailed discussions with Mr Farbrace pertaining to the head team coach position of the Sri Lankan national team.
"SLC vice-president Mohan De Silva, secretary Nishantha Ranatunga, treasurer Nuski Mohamed, CEO Ashley De Silva and head of coaching Jerome Jayaratne joined Mr Fernando for the meeting.
"A further round of talks is scheduled for next week between Mr Farbrace and SLC. A final decision on the appointment of the national head coach will be made later."
Sri Lanka face a Twenty20 international against Pakistan in Dubai on Wednesday with Ford still at the helm of the world's top-ranked T20 side.
The contest marks the start of a 10-match stretch against Pakistan, comprising of two 20-over games, five one-day internationals and three Tests.
Ford said on gulfnews.com: "I think any tour or series you play, getting the initial upper hand is crucial. Psychologically, it makes a big difference. Especially when you are away from home, if you can draw first blood, you are up and away.
"Both teams have their eyes on the T20 World Cup ahead and some positive results here will give a good momentum. I think both teams will be very keen to get that positive momentum in their favour."
Sri Lanka will have to cope without experienced batsman Mahela Jayawardene, who has elected to miss the series, while Pakistan have called up 19-year-old left-arm pace bowler Usman Khan Shinwari at late notice for the T20 matches.