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Ford is not a new face around the English county scene
Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford has announced that he will not consider taking up the post as head coach of English county side Surrey until his contract with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) expires in January next year.
Ford has been one of the leading candidates to land the job at Surrey since the head coach post was vacated in June this year, but Ford noted that all the talk about him being the favourite to take over the position is nothing more than speculation at best.
“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 also revealed that Ford had never approached them about leaving his post as head coach of the national team early.
“We have not had any indication of that sort so far,” secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said.
SLC president Jayantha Dharmadasa added that the board were pleased at how much the national team have accomplished under the guidance of Ford.
Ford is not new to the English county scene as he was Kent’s director of cricket for a while.
Ford took over as head coach of Sri Lanka in January 2012 after Geoff Marsh was fired.