Graham Ford resigns from Sri Lanka head coach position

Graham Ford's second stint with Sri Lanka team ended in disappointment
Graham Ford's second stint with Sri Lanka team ended in disappointment

Sri Lanka Cricket has confirmed the resignation of head coach Graham Ford ahead of the home series against Zimbabwe that begins next week.

The 56-year-old was initially appointed as the head coach between 2012 and 2014 and his second stint with the Asian team came in February 2016 with a contract up to 2019 World Cup.

However, following inconsistent performances this year in all the three formats that includes whitewash in South Africa and also succumbing to the first ever defeat to Bangladesh and missing out on the semi-final of the Champions Trophy, Ford has decided to leave his position following mutual consent with the Sri Lankan board.

"We have to thank Fordy for his invaluable contribution to Sri Lanka Cricket," board president Thilanga Sumathipala said in a statement.

"This was a decision arrived at mutually after careful consideration and deliberation...we are indeed sorry to see him go. We wish him the very best in where his path lies."

Ford, who has worked with South Africa, Kent, Surrey and Dolphins apart from his stint with Sri Lanka wished the team good luck going forward.

"It's been a privilege to work with these talented young men over the past 15 months. Their passion for the sport is inspiring, as is indeed this nation's," Ford said.

"I wish Sri Lanka Cricket and the boys the very best, and I must offer a word of advice to the young men – Always believe in yourself, believe in your team, and play from your heart."

Zimbabwe will head to Sri Lanka for a five match One-Day International series that will be followed by a solitary Test.

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