Sangakkara backs Farbrace to shine on England return

DURHAM, May 1, 2014 (AFP) – Kumar Sangakkara insists Sri Lanka’s loss will be England’s gain after the controversial defection by Paul Farbrace. The 46-year-old former Kent and Middlesex wicket-keeper shocked Sri Lankan cricket, quitting as the country’s head coach in April after just three-and-a-half months to link-up with Peter Moores’ new-look England set-up.

Marvan Atapattu takes interim charge for the up-coming tour of Ireland and England as Farbrace settles into his role after earning a significant pay rise to become Moores’ number two, the pair given the daunting task of trying to rebuild after the disastrous Ashes Test series humiliation over the winter.

Sangakkara was part of the Sri Lanka side to lift the World Twenty20 trophy earlier this year under Farbrace, who also led the team to Asia Trophy success during a short but highly successful reign that saw him lose just one of his 18 matches in charge.

The 36-year-old batsman, who has joined reigning English county champions Durham on a two-and-a-half week contract ahead of joining with his touring Sri Lanka team-mates, is looking forward to coming up against his close frien