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Won't consider Surrey option until January - Ford

Andrew Fidel Fernando

August 9, 2013

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Angelo Mathews talks to coach Graham Ford during a practice session, Pallekele, July 25, 2013
Graham Ford is contracted to coach Sri Lanka until January 2014 © AFP

Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford has said he will not consider a coaching position with Surrey until his contract with Sri Lanka expires in January next year. Ford had been linked with the Surrey role, which has been vacant since June, but says the suggestion that he is a favourite to take over at the county is speculation.

"During the Champions Trophy I was informally asked by the Surrey CEO if I would consider their vacant position," Ford said. "My reply was that my Sri Lanka contract finished in January 2014 and would consider all options available to me from there on. I have had no further discussions with Surrey and believe that there is no foundation to the story."

SLC officials had said earlier that Ford had not approached them about finishing early with Sri Lanka. "We have not had any indication of that sort so far," said secretary Nishantha Ranatunga, with SLC president Jayantha Dharmadasa adding that the board was not unhappy with Ford's work with the national side.

Ford has strong ties with Kevin Pietersen, who plays for Surrey, and was the man the latter endorsed to take over the England coaching job after Pietersen's turmoil with Peter Moores ended with Moores' sacking in 2009. A move to Surrey will also strengthen the county's South African connection, with Graeme Smith having signed on as captain until 2015. Ford also has county experience under his belt, having been Kent's director of cricket.

Ford became Sri Lanka head coach in January 2012, after Geoff Marsh was sacked from the position. Sri Lanka won their first Test series in almost three years, and progressed to the final of the World Twenty20 during Ford's tenure, but were also whitewashed 3-0 in a Test series in Australia.

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Posted by Nutcutlet on (August 10, 2013, 7:46 GMT)

@Cannuck: you are absolutely correct. To think that being a very fine/great player automatically means that that same person will be a great coach is extraordinarily naive. To be a great coach the person concerned needs to be something of a psychologist, something of a motivator, something of a guru, something of a humourist, a great communicator with a technical & tactical mastery of the game. School teachers may be some of the best coaches in the country, if they have high level cricketing experience - as 3/4 of the coaches' qualities are found in all great teachers, by definition!

Posted by ShehanJay on (August 10, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

Even if God coaches a team it will be of no use if you don't have talented players. Once Mahela, Sanga, Dilshan and Malinga are past their prime (the first 3 will probably be by the 2015 WC)...then SL will not be able even to compete at home.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (August 10, 2013, 5:50 GMT)

Why not Whatmore again? I think he can be the best choice, but don't know his availability. He will do a lot to bring the team up in the ladder, and probably a world cup win like he did in 1996.

Posted by Cannuck on (August 10, 2013, 4:40 GMT)

One thing SL fans do not seem to understand is that, just because some was a great player, DOES NOT always translate to a great coach. It's a fact in cricket, as well as in other sports. Jordan, Gretzky, Jack Nicklaus were in their top of the game, but not in coaching. To coach you need a keen eye to observe, ability correct, communicate well enough for another person to understand. All great players are somewhat singular minded, only about them selves & hence why they are good at what they do. But a regular player who watch others, may have a better ability to understand someone else's game, weakness strengths better. Hathurusinghe is a prime example. Wasn't a star bat who broke through in SL cricket. Nor were Whatmores & Moodys in their respective playing days. BUT they are great coaches. SLs continue to live in the past wishing their past greats can help them. Ara may not want to coach just as he never wanted to Captain! So let's find the right coaches, not the sentimental ones!

Posted by   on (August 10, 2013, 0:43 GMT)

Chandika Hathurusinghe will be the best coach for us.He was our assistant coach doing a good job but was sacked because He went to Australia after a tour. Ask Sangakkara He will tell you who is the best replacement.

Posted by Rondy on (August 9, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

I think Marvan is a fantastic Batting Coach.If anyone to replace him here it has to be none other than great Aravinda.I'm sure he can adjust those technique issues faced by some of the new guys.I'm not too sure it is a good idea to have a local as a head coach as over the years it has been a failure

Posted by athukorala on (August 9, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

Agree that Marvin may not be the best choice right now.. We need a coach who will a) infuse some aggression to the attitude, Whatmore type, the will to win at all costs, and b) improve the batting of the tail - our tail does not block or hit  - we have the talent to do both - need to get the attitude right…

Posted by   on (August 9, 2013, 14:48 GMT)

Marvan as a batting coach has done nothing to improve our tailenders batting. Our tailenders are the worst out of all the countries, Marva should have improved that. Atleast how to play a forward defense without slogging every ball.

Posted by DiamondSoul on (August 9, 2013, 14:03 GMT)

What about Chandika Hathurusinghe back?? as all others here have said! He was the key behind the success of Sri lanka team in the golden era of their batting.A perfect man for the job.

Posted by lanka_86 on (August 9, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

@ Bhagya Chamara Herath, please stop vaguely criticising "politics" for everything and get the facts right. You say Sri Lanka "only used 3 in last years due to politics". Lets count them. 1) RPS, 2) Pallekele and 3) Hambantota: these are the main D/N ODI venues. 4) Galle: they can't put up light there so no ODIs but they played a Test not long ago. 5) P Sara Oval: A great Test venue that was used recently. 6) SSC: Another Test venue. 7) Dambulla: They'll play NZ there in Nov if the lights upgrade is completed on time. Also recent match vs India U19s. 8) Matara: Played women's T20s, and Bangladesh warm up match. 9) Moratuwa: SLC wanted to play some SLPL matches there if possible. 10) Kurunegala: Played India U19s a few days ago. Btw, SL toured Aus less than a year ago, and Tom Moody got plenty of satisfaction coaching SL.

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