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Graham Ford leaves Surrey to take up Sri Lanka coaching role

Graham Ford leaves Surrey to take up Sri Lanka coaching role
Graham Ford (left) earlier coached Sri Lanka between 2012 and 2014.
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Surrey County Cricket Club has confirmed that Graham Ford is leaving the county side in order to become the head coach of the Sri Lankan national team.

Ford was earlier the coach of Sri Lanka between 2012 and 2014 and has led Surrey's promotion to the First Division of county cricket in England by securing the division two title last year. 

Ford will take over from Marvan Atapattu, who resigned as the head coach in September 2015 following the defeats in the Test series against Pakistan and India.

Director of Cricket at Surrey, Alec Stewart hailed Ford’s achievements in the two-year stint with the club and has wished him well for the role with Sri Lanka.

“We are extremely disappointed to be losing Graham Ford, who has not just been an outstanding Head Coach but has played an integral role in the progress that we have achieved over the last two years.

“He has worked tirelessly with the players and his efforts can be seen in their individual performances and the team’s results, culminating in promotion back to the First Division.

“It was a very tough decision for Graham to leave Surrey but we understand that the opportunity to go back and coach at International level with Sri Lanka was too good to turn down.

“Despite the timing of his decision, we wish Graham all the best and we will immediately start our search for a new Head Coach.”

Early in January, newly elected president of Sri Lanka Cricket, Thilanga Sumathipala had stated that the primary priority of the board was to appoint the head coach of the national team.

Ford earlier worked with the South African side as the coach of the national team between 1999 and 2002 and also worked as the director of cricket at the Kent County Cricket Club between 2005 and 2009.

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