Graham Ford refuses to renew Sri Lanka contract

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Ford will decide whether to join Surrey once his contract with Sri Lanka officially expires in January

Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford has decided not to renew his contract when it expires in January, according to a release by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).

Ford replaced Geoff Marsh as head coach in January 2012 and unless SLC can somehow convince him to sign a new deal, the national team’s tour of the United Arab Emirates in December will be his last assignment.

Under Ford’s guidance, Sri Lanka won their first Test series in almost three years, which came against Pakistan, and made it to the finals of the 2012 World Twenty20.

But, they also endured some bad times, especially when they were whitewashed 3-0 by Australia in a Test series at the beginning of the year.

“Mr. Graham Ford has intimated that he would like to be released from his duties at the end of his contract due to his family commitments,” the release said. “Sri Lanka Cricket intends to discuss this matter with him further and obtain his thoughts and take the process forward.”

Ford has been linked with the vacant coaching position at Surrey after being informally approached by the county’s CEO.

However, the 52-year-old stated that he would not make a decision about joining Surrey until his contract officially expires in January.

Reports suggest that South African-born England batsman Kevin Pietersen, who plays for Surrey, asked the county’s CEO to recruit Ford as he too is from South Africa.

If Ford were to join Surrey, he would be working very closely with his fellow compatriot Graeme Smith, who has signed on to be Surrey’s captain until 2015.

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