Sri Lanka news September 13, 2013

SLC asks Ford to reconsider decision

Sri Lanka Cricket has asked coach Graham Ford to reconsider his decision not to renew his contract with the team. The lure of a job with Surrey does not feature in Ford's request to end his tenure as the coach, SLC heard in the meeting, in which it hoped to convince him to stay.

"Surrey had approached him, but they haven't offered him a job," SLC CEO Ashley de Silva said. "What he cited to us was that he had family commitments, and that's why he was thinking about leaving. We talked to him and gave him a few options regarding his family, and he will consider those with his family and get back to us next week."

Earlier in the week, Ford told the board he would finish with the team when his contract would expire in January, and he had been linked to the vacant coaching position at Surrey, which is expected to be filled over the English winter. Ford said in August that he had been informally approached by Surrey's CEO regarding the position, but that he would not consider it until his contractual obligations with Sri Lanka were fulfilled.

SLC has said it was pleased with the team's progress under Ford, but if he abides by his decision to leave in January, Sri Lanka's tour in the UAE will be his last assignment with Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka won their first Test series in almost three years, against Pakistan, and progressed to the final of the World Twenty20 in 2012 during Ford's tenure, but were also whitewashed 3-0 in a Test series in Australia.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • mark on September 14, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    I too agree with ThilankaK to some extent. Ford was expected to be more exciting coach than who he was, even though SLC is satisfaied with him, as a SL fan I am not impressed about his coaching. SL team is having lot of younger players with many weaknesses, but we didnt see those players are guided or given well training to rectify their weakness and play well. Ford seems to be bit laid back character and I personlay think he didnt blend or get adjusted to the SL team/condition to do a much better job. When he joined SL team, people were expecting some tunraround in performance and the approach of SL players, but nothing such thing happend. May be he is frustated by internal politic of SLC and players despite he has not indicated as such. I think SL should go for Gary Kirsten who could improve batting of young SL side..

  • Dummy4 on September 14, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    Ford will be better off anywhere in the world rather than working with SLC.

  • Dummy4 on September 14, 2013, 2:21 GMT

    Get That Gaint Tom Moody Back, Everyone Else Will Just Coach Us But Moody Is The Man who Could Make Difference,

  • Dummy4 on September 13, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    Hope for best. If not Haturu deserves it R Rodrigo

  • Sunil on September 13, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    Ford will have upper hand if he decides to stay.Good for SL cricket to have a coach who can stand ground to the pollies, a vital factor in developing real talent or providing safe grounds to the real talent they already have. Something many of us couldn't and l leave the dear land behind.

  • Thilanka on September 13, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    As a SrLlankan & very good fan of cricket my thinking is Graham Ford done nothing to SL cricket. He put down SriLankan cricket & one player told to national paper that he's coaching is nil. peo example is Thisara Perera's batting, he is a good hitter but poor off side player. I think good coach can train him within one year but ford couldn't done that, look recent times our batting collapse. poor techniques for batting , poor strategies, they become more defensive than attacking , they fail to chase even smaller targets. I think they need a coach like DAV WHATMORE or GARY KIRTEN & good psychologist.

  • Dummy4 on September 13, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    I dont think Ford would reconsider in renewing his contract. It would be better off to coach Surrey.

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