Warwickshire batsman Trevor Penney has announced he is to retire from playing to become Sri Lanka's assistant coach.
Penney's fielding helped Warwicks to seven one-day finals
Penney, 37, has spent time this year as England fielding coach and was one of the substitute fielders controversially used during the Ashes series.
He will retire after Sunday's Totesport League game to take up a contract until after the 2007 World Cup.
"I've had 18 fantastic years with Warwickshire but this is an opportunity that is too good to miss," Penney said.
The Zimbabwean was head-hunted by Tom Moody, a former Warwickshire team-mate who became Sri Lanka's head coach after leaving Worcestershire in June.
"Sri Lanka came in for me, I didn't apply for the job, and it's very flattering to know that you are so highly regarded by someone like Tom Moody."
The England and Wales Cricket Board have agreed to release him from a winter job as specialist fielding coach at the National Academy at Loughborough.
Penney joined Warwickshire in 1988 but had to complete a four-year residential qualification before he was allowed to play competitively.
His fielding helped Warwickshire win county cricket's first treble in 1994 and he went on to play in seven one-day finals, the most recent against Hampshire three weeks ago.