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Ford’s last assignment with Sri Lanka will be their tour of the United Arab Emirates in December
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have requested head coach Graham Ford to reconsider his decision not to renew his contract when it expires in January.
With Ford having been linked to the vacant coaching position at Surrey for a few months now, his last assignment with Sri Lanka will be their tour of the United Arab Emirates, where they will face Pakistan, in December.
“Surrey had approached him, but they haven’t offered him a job,” SLC CEO Ashley de Silva said. “What he cited to us was that he had family commitments, and that’s why he was thinking about leaving. We talked to him and gave him a few options regarding his family, and he will consider those with his family and get back to us next week.”
Ford revealed that he had been informally approached by the CEO of Surrey in August about the coaching position, but stated that he would not consider joining the English county side until his contract with SLC officially expires in January.
SLC noted that they have been impressed with Ford’s impact on the national team as they won their first Test series in nearly three years, which came against Pakistan, and made it to the finals of the 2012 World Twenty20.
However, they were also whitewashed 3-0 in a Test series against Australia at the beginning of the year.