Sri Lanka news January 25, 2012

Graham Ford appointed Sri Lanka coach

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Graham Ford has been appointed Sri Lanka coach, replacing Geoff Marsh, it was announced today. Ford, the former South Africa coach, will begin his assignment with the triangular ODI series in Australia next month. His appointment is the latest decision by Sri Lanka Cricket to revamp the setup around the national team - the captaincy was changed on Monday and, last week, the selection panel was replaced before its term expired - following a string of disappointing results.

A statement by the board thanked Marsh for his services; it also thanked Anura Tennekoon, who has been replaced as team manager by Charuth Senanayaka.

Sri Lanka's performances have come in for much criticism since reaching the World Cup final - they have lost every Test and ODI series they have played since then and a new board that came to power in the elections earlier this month have rung in the changes.

Ford last week resigned as head coach of the Dolphins, the Durban-based franchise, saying he wanted to "follow my dreams of involvement at an international level".

He will be the third coach appointed by Sri Lanka since Trevor Bayliss stepped down after leading them to the 2011 World Cup final. Marsh was appointed for two years in September 2011 and was in charge for the tours against Pakistan and South Africa. His appointment appeared to end a period of upheaval following Bayliss' exit. Stuart Law, who was Bayliss' assistant, took over for the England tour before quitting to coach Bangladesh. Rumesh Ratnayake then took over for the home series against Australia, before Marsh's appointment.

Ford took over as coach of South Africa from Bob Woolmer in 1999 and held the position till 2001. He moved to Kent as director of cricket in 2004, and in 2006 he returned home to take charge of the Dolphins. In June 2007, he was offered the challenge of coaching India but declined. In 2009, he withdrew his name from the shortlist of candidates for the England coaching job.

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  • POSTED BY KosalaDeSilva on | January 28, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Was just looking at SL cricket team photo.Oh dear..what ahppen to SL cricket official tie? now all gone just blue? next thing ths suit will go blue and then test cricket play in blue? please some one help me to understand this.

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    Bring in Aravinda and Lalith Kaluperuma.

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Take a leaf out of Zimbabwe's book. They had political interferences, corruption and many other problems including racism. Players fought back with the help of ICC and other cricketing nations. ICC should be getting involved in SriLankan cricket. We must wipe out corruption and politics from our game. Perhaps boycotting SL from international cricket could do wonders.

  • POSTED BY espnchekmate on | January 27, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    Sack ATHAPATTU AND BRING IN ARAVIDA DE SILVA AS THE BATTING COACH,HE WHEN TOURED WITH THE UNDER 19 SRI LANKAN CRICKET TEAM COUPLE OF YEARS AGO ADVISED THEM THOROUGHLY AND IT PAID OFF IMMENSELY BY SRI LANKA WINING ITS 1ST ODI SERIES ,A FEAT THAT NO OTHER SRI LANKA TEAM HAD ACHIEVED FOR THE LAST 3 DECADES .PLAYERS LIKE BHANUKA RAJAPAKSHE, CONSIDERED AS A FUTURE BATTING STAR SCORED IS HIGHEST SCORE 150 IN AN ODI BETTER THAN A RUN A BALL AND GIVING SRI LANKA A MEMORABLE WIN, AFTER THE TOUR ARAVINDA WAS APPRECIATED BY ALL AND AWARDED CHAIRMAN OF SELECTORS LATER,NO ONE HAS A QUESTION WITH ARAVINDA'S WORK.BRING IN CHANDIKA HATHURUSINGHE LATE IN 2013 TO BECOME AN ASSISTANT COACH, LET HIM STAY IN AUSTRALIA PASS ALL THE COACHING EXAMS GET QUALIFIED 2 DA HGHST LVL,AND DA SELECTORS SHUD MK ROOM 4 HIM BY LATE 2013 TO BUILD A COMPATIBLE TEAM,APPOINTMENT OF A TEAM MANAGER LK DULEEP MENDIS WILL CM IN HANDY THT ALSO LATE 2013, UPTO KNW THESE CHANGES ARE K.

  • POSTED BY whyowhy on | January 27, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    Hey coaching is an art, but to show others how to practice the art you should have at least played at the top level.............this is similar to catholic priests giving advice about marriage to couples......theory alone is not good enough..... the proof is in the pudding....ask Betty Crocker......

  • POSTED BY on | January 26, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    All The Best for the SL cricket Team !! but in the game no one can even coach can infuence the game which will play in side the rope! so its up to the players !! Good luck !! coach should do strengthening their mental status ! Gud luck new coach !! and SL !!

  • POSTED BY Wolfpac on | January 26, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Wel all those here feeling Marsh should be givenn a long run should consider the fact there were reports of mis communications between Marsh and Dilshan and other senior cricketers. We don't want a Greg Chappel-India scene here. So its better off sending him home and getting someone now

  • POSTED BY alltimegreat on | January 26, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    I hope this time around Ford doesn't decline the offer again :)

  • POSTED BY Afta on | January 26, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    Do understand the dumping of Marsh as coach was sad, but what could you do if he does not live up to expectations! I am sure everybody wanted a change after all those poor performances, so the change arrived, and why are we complaining now. I think it was the best move under the circumstances and pray and hope everything falls in place. May be the decision to appoint Dilshan as captain was a desperate one, and Marsh as coach was a poor one. Remember, unlike Marsh, Graham Ford is a coach "sought after" and Jayawardene as captain a "proven one". What more can you ask for.

  • POSTED BY on | January 26, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    I hope the SiriLankan cricket team gets back on winning ways pretty soon !! Best of luck to them...From Pakistan

  • POSTED BY KosalaDeSilva on | January 28, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Was just looking at SL cricket team photo.Oh dear..what ahppen to SL cricket official tie? now all gone just blue? next thing ths suit will go blue and then test cricket play in blue? please some one help me to understand this.

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    Bring in Aravinda and Lalith Kaluperuma.

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Take a leaf out of Zimbabwe's book. They had political interferences, corruption and many other problems including racism. Players fought back with the help of ICC and other cricketing nations. ICC should be getting involved in SriLankan cricket. We must wipe out corruption and politics from our game. Perhaps boycotting SL from international cricket could do wonders.

  • POSTED BY espnchekmate on | January 27, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    Sack ATHAPATTU AND BRING IN ARAVIDA DE SILVA AS THE BATTING COACH,HE WHEN TOURED WITH THE UNDER 19 SRI LANKAN CRICKET TEAM COUPLE OF YEARS AGO ADVISED THEM THOROUGHLY AND IT PAID OFF IMMENSELY BY SRI LANKA WINING ITS 1ST ODI SERIES ,A FEAT THAT NO OTHER SRI LANKA TEAM HAD ACHIEVED FOR THE LAST 3 DECADES .PLAYERS LIKE BHANUKA RAJAPAKSHE, CONSIDERED AS A FUTURE BATTING STAR SCORED IS HIGHEST SCORE 150 IN AN ODI BETTER THAN A RUN A BALL AND GIVING SRI LANKA A MEMORABLE WIN, AFTER THE TOUR ARAVINDA WAS APPRECIATED BY ALL AND AWARDED CHAIRMAN OF SELECTORS LATER,NO ONE HAS A QUESTION WITH ARAVINDA'S WORK.BRING IN CHANDIKA HATHURUSINGHE LATE IN 2013 TO BECOME AN ASSISTANT COACH, LET HIM STAY IN AUSTRALIA PASS ALL THE COACHING EXAMS GET QUALIFIED 2 DA HGHST LVL,AND DA SELECTORS SHUD MK ROOM 4 HIM BY LATE 2013 TO BUILD A COMPATIBLE TEAM,APPOINTMENT OF A TEAM MANAGER LK DULEEP MENDIS WILL CM IN HANDY THT ALSO LATE 2013, UPTO KNW THESE CHANGES ARE K.

  • POSTED BY whyowhy on | January 27, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    Hey coaching is an art, but to show others how to practice the art you should have at least played at the top level.............this is similar to catholic priests giving advice about marriage to couples......theory alone is not good enough..... the proof is in the pudding....ask Betty Crocker......

  • POSTED BY on | January 26, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    All The Best for the SL cricket Team !! but in the game no one can even coach can infuence the game which will play in side the rope! so its up to the players !! Good luck !! coach should do strengthening their mental status ! Gud luck new coach !! and SL !!

  • POSTED BY Wolfpac on | January 26, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Wel all those here feeling Marsh should be givenn a long run should consider the fact there were reports of mis communications between Marsh and Dilshan and other senior cricketers. We don't want a Greg Chappel-India scene here. So its better off sending him home and getting someone now

  • POSTED BY alltimegreat on | January 26, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    I hope this time around Ford doesn't decline the offer again :)

  • POSTED BY Afta on | January 26, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    Do understand the dumping of Marsh as coach was sad, but what could you do if he does not live up to expectations! I am sure everybody wanted a change after all those poor performances, so the change arrived, and why are we complaining now. I think it was the best move under the circumstances and pray and hope everything falls in place. May be the decision to appoint Dilshan as captain was a desperate one, and Marsh as coach was a poor one. Remember, unlike Marsh, Graham Ford is a coach "sought after" and Jayawardene as captain a "proven one". What more can you ask for.

  • POSTED BY on | January 26, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    I hope the SiriLankan cricket team gets back on winning ways pretty soon !! Best of luck to them...From Pakistan

  • POSTED BY Harry_Kool on | January 26, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Think the skipper's job on the Titanic offers a brighter futuret!

  • POSTED BY muski on | January 26, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Its not Marsh's fault that SL is not winning. Bring back Murali from retirement. A 40 year old Murali is still worth couple of wickets in a innings. All subcontinental teams probably with the exclusion of the highly unpredictable Pakistanis, seem to be in the same boat which is going to capsize any moment.

  • POSTED BY Pablo123 on | January 26, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    Great coach, has been for the Nat5al Dolphins for a long long time - SL are in good hands

  • POSTED BY ca2ca on | January 26, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    One can't blame Marsh or Dilshan for the misery of SLC that goes on since WC final. Its the admistration / sport minister and other political lackeys who invole with SLC are to blame. Corruption, favourism, political interferences and inability in part of admistration are to blame. If we SL politicos didn't invole with WC final, Sanga may still be the Capatain, Aravinda the chief selector. And if SLC didn't build a new stadium in jungle where the nearest decent hotel is 50 miles away, players may have been piad off. Anyhow good luck Ford, good luck SL team.

  • POSTED BY jayaboy on | January 26, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    i thought marsh is more useful than ford in the upcoming triangular, which will be held in marsh's home conditions.so he should have been give another chance by SLC

  • POSTED BY StoneRose on | January 26, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    Why get rid of Marsh only 4 months after appointing him?

  • POSTED BY Harry_Kool on | January 26, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    I read where the board wants to target number1. 2 Words. They're dreaming.

  • POSTED BY on | January 26, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    All the International Coaches should have boycotted accepting offers from SLC, on the grounds of illogical mistreatment of their colleagues! >>> There's an old Sri Lankan saying, meaning: "treating the shoulder / nape for an ailment of the foot - This seems to be the only logic deployed by SLC at the moment, because there's many gray areas they need to treat, before pointing a finger at a coach.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | January 26, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    Good Luck to Graham Ford & SL cricket !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Lakpj on | January 26, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    Ford is a good coach, but i think Marsh should have deserved a long run. It was not his fault that the team lost the two series to Pak and SA. Before he came here they lost Aus and England. Two series which they should have won (at least the 2 ODI series). Marsh is a proven coach, the only player/Coach to have won a world cup and ashes. Changing the selection panel was a good move, those guys were utterly crazy. Ministers should not involve in cricketing decisions. Most ministers in this part of the world doesn't know anything let alone cricket.

  • POSTED BY farhankhan82 on | January 26, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    cricketman123 - listen, Coaching is an Art, It does not matter if he ever played first class cricket or not.Graham Ford is a renowned coach and if could successfully handle a South African National team which had set sky high standards in 1999 then he does have some stuff. Knowledgable people would know, any one both at Domestic or International level would be privileged to appoint Ford as the Coach, so i guess it is the right decision. Lastly please check the history,A Legend, a successful or a STAR international cricketer is not necessarily a great COACH , Selector or Team manager, Its all about skill and talent and not just "exposure to International Cricket".Kapil Dev,Waqar younis,Richie Richardson,Arjuna Ranatunga,these great cricketers were a FALIURE as Coach.Check Australia's record in last 12 years they, never had a big name guy coaching them, its the Domestic level coaches who went on to make good International Coaches for they learned from grass root level.

  • POSTED BY on | January 26, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    It just may hv been abt 6 mnths 4 Marsh...bcs he's absolutely a fantastic coach...he's nt smone 2 be blamed as even before he arrived sri lankas poor performance had been there.If he is the one 2 be replaced wht abt Marvan, Kalpage & Ramanayaka..Just think abt them 2..May b there is smthing with the head coach too, so if we think abt bowlers there had not been a group 2 pick 20 wickets in a test match other than a few occasions & the fielding unit was nt such strong.. Batting was a problem 4 smtime bt it seemed recovery in past 2 matches......& IF Marsh is 2 be replaced is ford the correct man..think abt a local coach abt Hathurusinghe,Rumesh,& specially Aravinda a fantastic person..i just got 2 know that ford has just played even a few first class matches. & wht will be the task of the Head coach if there r 3 coaches 4 each sector..just keep that in mind...so if Marsh is the problem just remove him & it wont be a necessity for a head coach...:)

  • POSTED BY chandi69 on | January 26, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    Dear Crickeetman123, there is a spelling mistake in the manager's name. Its Charith Senanayake who has played test as well as first class cricket for Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY Dhushan on | January 26, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    Mind you all that Sri Lankan Cricket is in millions of debt. Just imagine how handsomely Geoff Marsh would have been paid when his contract was terminated early by SLC. He obviously isn't going to leave empty handed. I wish you had been the chance to stay longer Geoff Marsh. A coach cannot change a team around in 3-4 months. Good luck to you in your future endeavours. Sri Lankan Cricket by the way needs much much more than luck!

  • POSTED BY whyowhy on | January 26, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    Will the next model be a Honda ? I suppose the Lankan assistant coaches will live on - Muppet Marvan, Thug Ruwan and Baila Ramanayake should also be given the flick..................

  • POSTED BY on | January 26, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    all along we had only Aussie coaches ford will bring new things to the table with his experience. look Australia they appointed SA coach becoz they need new things new methods..

  • POSTED BY on | January 26, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    The domestic competitions need to be revamped. We need to have a test cricket (5 day) circket tournament organised in Sri Lanka domestic circle. It needs to include the national Sri Lanka squad, Sri Lanka A squad, Sri Lanka Development Squad , Sri Lanka Under 19 squad and provinces combined team.....They should also have a 50 over competition as well. Those 5 squads should play each other as much as possible. The provinces combined squad needs to have at least 3 provinces represented....our club level cricket should be pushed to tier 2 cricket and this should be tier 1 circket and players for the squad are only picked from tier 1 tournament....

  • POSTED BY denwarlo70 on | January 26, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    Marsh should have been allowed to continue. The teams poor show is no fault of his. We Lankans know the root cause but all we could do is grin and bear and I totally agree with Nathan_123

  • POSTED BY Kiththa27 on | January 26, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    How long would Ford last as coach?

  • POSTED BY on | January 26, 2012, 2:23 GMT

    It seems SLCB never try to save SLC... they were trying to hide their jugglery in the past. they were changing people and try to change our mind set from their past jugglery. Only change in SLCB is Earlier directly controlled by government now its through SLCB...........

  • POSTED BY on | January 26, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    Well said Nathan. Captain and coach will be replaced again for the next series in Sri Lanka. I cant see Mahela getting any runs against Australia. Current form Australia will be untouchable. I would love to see Mahela against Cummings at Perth. So they will be replaced?

  • POSTED BY Yasassri on | January 26, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    Sri Lanka had decent success in Tests played after when considering 'Murali' factor.

  • POSTED BY criclanka on | January 26, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    To be a sucessful cricket team the captain and coach of a international cricket team have a decisive roles to play and have to make huge contributions.In the past Sri Lanka cricket had few good wining combinations of Arjuna-Whatmore, sanath/mahela-moody,Sanga-Baylis. Unfotunatly Dilshan-Marsh partnership didn't go well may be due to lack of communication. Now we have Mahela the most respected and inteligent sri lanka cricketer and South African Graham Ford to take SL cricket forward. Good Luck.

  • POSTED BY cricketman123 on | January 25, 2012, 23:07 GMT

    What?? a guy who has never even played First class cricket is made coach. Can I be the coach when he leaves in another 9 Months.

  • POSTED BY on | January 25, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    i taut geoff marsh deserved a decent run!india cud oust duncan fletcher n replace him with marsh!

  • POSTED BY on | January 25, 2012, 22:30 GMT

    The Sri Lankans need to realise that continuous changes of captains and coaches will not take them far. A captain/coach is as good as his team...... He does not have a magic wand to change the fortunes of any side, otherwise Dav Whatmore , would have done the same with Bangladesh !!!

  • POSTED BY xylo on | January 25, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    I hope SLC has not kicked off its search for the next coach yet.

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | January 25, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    @nathan123 +1 my friend...you are absolutely right...

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | January 25, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    So Another Aus coach bites the dust

  • POSTED BY Deepfreezed on | January 25, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    why is he only starting in a months time?

  • POSTED BY Nathan_123 on | January 25, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    Can Ford eliminate the Srilankan official's corruptions? I doubt it. Srilankan board is filled with politicians and non cricketers and they are their to fill their pockets not to improve the game in country. God save SL cricket.

  • POSTED BY 12thUmpire on | January 25, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    Ford's first task will be to find out if he'll be paid! If so who? The ICC?

  • POSTED BY ChandraPrince on | January 25, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Graham Ford as Sri Lanka cricket coach sounds just awesome! My heartfelt thanks and congratulations to very competent, and highly skilled Mr. Ford… Good luck to you and to your team! We look forward to some for fabulous cricket…

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  • POSTED BY ChandraPrince on | January 25, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Graham Ford as Sri Lanka cricket coach sounds just awesome! My heartfelt thanks and congratulations to very competent, and highly skilled Mr. Ford… Good luck to you and to your team! We look forward to some for fabulous cricket…

  • POSTED BY 12thUmpire on | January 25, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    Ford's first task will be to find out if he'll be paid! If so who? The ICC?

  • POSTED BY Nathan_123 on | January 25, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    Can Ford eliminate the Srilankan official's corruptions? I doubt it. Srilankan board is filled with politicians and non cricketers and they are their to fill their pockets not to improve the game in country. God save SL cricket.

  • POSTED BY Deepfreezed on | January 25, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    why is he only starting in a months time?

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | January 25, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    So Another Aus coach bites the dust

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | January 25, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    @nathan123 +1 my friend...you are absolutely right...

  • POSTED BY xylo on | January 25, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    I hope SLC has not kicked off its search for the next coach yet.

  • POSTED BY on | January 25, 2012, 22:30 GMT

    The Sri Lankans need to realise that continuous changes of captains and coaches will not take them far. A captain/coach is as good as his team...... He does not have a magic wand to change the fortunes of any side, otherwise Dav Whatmore , would have done the same with Bangladesh !!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 25, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    i taut geoff marsh deserved a decent run!india cud oust duncan fletcher n replace him with marsh!

  • POSTED BY cricketman123 on | January 25, 2012, 23:07 GMT

    What?? a guy who has never even played First class cricket is made coach. Can I be the coach when he leaves in another 9 Months.