Paul Farbrace

Paul Farbrace

Director of Cricket

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Player Biography

Director of Cricket

Paul returned to Kent as Team Director in July 2009 after a successful stint with Sri Lanka. Before entering the coaching world the former wicketkeeper enjoyed a fruitful playing career; firstly with Kent, between 1987 and 1989. He then made the move to Middlesex where he played for six seasons, finishing his on-field career at Lord’s. He recorded a highest score of 79 against Cambridge University at Fenner’s in 1990.

Paul then made an effortless transition into coaching, initially with the England Under 15s and Under 17s before coaching the women’s team and then the Under-19s. He then returned to Kent to head up the successful Academy. After a successful stint as Academy Director, Paul was then given the chance to pit his wits on the world stage and became Sri Lanka’s assistant coach. Born in Ash, he enjoyed his stint at the highest level as he helped the Asians win the Asia Cup, qualify for the ICC World Twenty20 final in England and witnessed former Kent spinner Muttiah Muralitharan break the world test bowling record. A low point, however, came when he suffered injuries as the Sri Lankan team bus was targeted by terrorists in Lahore, during a series against Pakistan in 2009.

Paul returned to the St Lawrence Ground in readiness for the 2010 season, replacing Graham Ford, and was named Team Director. A further coaching shake-up then saw him become the county’s Director of Cricket.

Paul left Kent County Cricket Club in September 2011, commenting at the time; “it has been a privilege to be Director of Cricket. I have enjoyed working with the group of players and wish them well. I am now looking forward to the future and I will always have good memories of my time at Kent.”