Wednesday, December 7th, 2022


New Sussex Head Coach and former England assistant coach, Paul Farbrace, will be the guest speaker when Worcestershire Cricket Society stage their third winter cricket evening of 2022-20223 in the Graeme Hick Pavilion next Tuesday (December 13).

Farbrace was Head Coach when Sri Lanka won the 2014 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and was number two with England to Trevor Bayliss for four years, helping to lay the foundations for the 2019 ICC Men’s World Cup triumph in the 50-over competition.

He left just before that memorable success to take up a role as Sporting Director at Warwickshire for four seasons before moving from Edgbaston at the end of last summer, and his appointment with Sussex was confirmed last week.

Farbrace, now aged 55, was a wicket-keeper-batter during a relatively brief playing career in which he made 40 first class and 28 List A appearances for Kent and Middlesex between 1987 and 1995.

He made his mark as Kent Academy Director and had a spell coaching England Under-19s before being appointed Sri Lanka assistant coach under Bayliss in 2007.

Farbrace was injured during the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan coach before the third day of the second Test against Pakistan in Lahore, in which six police officers and two civilians died.

He returned to Kent as First Team Coach (2010-2011) and worked as Yorkshire Second Eleven Coach (2012) before being appointed Sri Lanka coach in December 2013.

Farbrace led Sri Lanka to the 2014 Asia Cup, and greater glory followed that year with the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup as India were defeated in the final.

A move to England followed as assistant coach to Peter Moores and then Bayliss and helped build the base, which led to England winning the ICC Men’s World Cup in 2019.

But shortly before that memorable success, Farbrace was appointed Sporting Director of Warwickshire from 2019 to 2022 before his switch to Hove.

Non-Society members can attend next Tuesday for an admission charge of £5, and the evening gets underway at 7.30pm.