Graham Ford to coach Sri Lanka again

Under Graham Ford, Surrey returned to the top tier of county cricket in England © Getty Images

Graham Ford is set to begin his second stint as Sri Lanka’s new head coach after Surrey announced he was leaving the county to take up the position. Ford had already coached Sri Lanka for two years, beginning in early 2012. He had been linked to the Sri Lanka job since the middle of 2015, but had declined to sign on ahead of the election – and hence change of administration – in January.

His appointment will end a five-month search for a head coach, following Marvan Atapattu’s resignation from the position in early September. SLC’s interim committee had approached both Ford and Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusinghe in the intervening months, but both men had had their reservations about taking the job in a time of administrative upheaval.

The election of a new board in January, and the defeat of the Nishantha Ranatunga-led faction in those elections, helped pave the way for Ford’s return. Ford had cited family reasons for his departure from the Sri Lanka job in 2014, but is understood to have had issues with Sri Lanka Cricket, at the time.

His appointment ended his two-year stint at Surrey, who had two resurgent seasons under him. They returned to county cricket’s top tier, after winning the division two title last year.

“”We are extremely disappointed to be losing Graham Ford who has not just been an outstanding head coach but has played an integral role in the progress that we have achieved over the last two years,” Surrey’s director of cricket Alec Stewart said. “He has worked tirelessly with the players and his efforts can be seen in their individual performances and the team’s results, culminating in promotion back to the first division.”

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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