England coach Trevor Bayliss emerges as leading contender for coaching job with Birmingham Hundred franchise
- Trevor Bayliss is in line to coach Birmingham in the Hundred competition
- The move would see him reunite him with long-term sidekick Paul Farbrace
- Australian will face competition in the form of Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur
- The 56-year-old’s contract with England is due to expire in September
- He wants to work multiple short-format tournaments when it does
Trevor Bayliss has emerged as a leading contender to coach Birmingham at next year’s inaugural Hundred competition in a move that would reunite him with long-term sidekick Paul Farbrace.
Sportsmail revealed in January that Bayliss was eyeing one of the eight head coach jobs at the ECB’s new 100-ball competition as he turned thoughts to life post-England. He is intent on working at multiple short-format tournaments around the globe once his contract expires in September.
Given the presence of Farbrace – who is to be officially unveiled as Warwickshire’s sporting director on Thursday – Edgbaston appears to be the most likely destination. The pair have forged both a close friendship and successful professional relationship with both Sri Lanka and England.
Trevor Bayliss is a leading contender to coach Birmingham in the Hundred competition
However, the 56-year-old Australian will face competition from another coach of international repute in Mickey Arthur, who is known to be keen on the position and has strong links to the area, having played club cricket in the West Midlands.
The ECB recently circulated an email to agents asking for expressions of interest from the world’s leading coaches, although the appointments will be made directly by team boards – in Birmingham’s case, that means Warwickshire chief executive Neil Snowball and his Worcestershire counterpart Matthew Rawnsley.
Darren Lehmann, the former Australia coach, revealed his interest in coaching the Leeds-based side two months ago and the backroom teams are expected to be formed over the opening weeks of the new domestic season, ahead of a player draft in October.
Each team has been handed a £200,000 coaching budget, with some big names expected to be recruited and supported by members of existing county staffs.
The provisional opening date for the tournament is July 17, 2020, with all matches being televised on Sky Sports and 10 being screened free-to-air by the BBC.
The move would se Bayliss (left) reunite him with long-term sidekick Paul Farbrace (right)