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Graham Ford appointed Sri Lanka coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

January 25, 2012

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Graham Ford arrives in Chennai to stake his claim to be the new coach of the Indian team, Chennai, June 9, 2007
Graham Ford declined the role of India coach in 2007 © AFP
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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

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