Monday 11 June 2007 

Ford Turns Down India Job To Stay With Kent

It has emerged that Graham Ford will not be taking over as coach of India, and will instead continue in his role in charge of Kent.

Kent allowed him to take part in an interview, but he has decided not to take the post and will stay in his position at Canterbury.

He said: "I am very grateful to the club for allowing me to go to India to find out more about the job of coaching the Indian team. I have had a chance to reflect on the offer made by the BCCI and their urgency to fill the vacant position.

"After careful consideration, I have decided to continue my work here at Kent. This has been a really difficult decision,'' he said.

"I am honoured that India have shown such interest in my capabilities, but feel that this is the right decision for me and my family.''

Meanwhile, N Srinivasan, talking on behalf of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), explained why the BCCI had announced Ford as their coach:

"He was selected and...it was only a matter of informing us as to when he would be able to join. Therefore, the board announced it had selected him," Srinivasan said.

"He had said that he would let us know when he could join but he has said he can't join us now. That is all."

India parted company with Australian coach Greg Chappell after the World Cup and are still searching for a replacement ahead of tours to Ireland and England which begin at the end of June.