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Ford’s last assignment will be Sri Lanka’s tour of the United Arab Emirates in December
Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford has confirmed that he will not be renewing his contract with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and will vacate his post in January.
Ford recently stated that he was ready to walk away, but SLC requested him to take some time and reconsider his decision.
According to reports, SLC were also willing to make some changes in Ford’s working environment to convince him stay.
However, Ford has made up his mind and noted that he would be leaving due to family reasons.
“The National Coach has indicated to SLC of his unavailability to continue with SLC after his contract expires in January 2014,” SLC said in a statement. “He has taken this decision consequent to the discussions he had with his family on the options given by SLC.”
Ford has been linked with the vacant coaching spot at English county side Surrey for some time now, but there has still been no confirmation on whether he was officially offered a job.
Ford replaced Geoff Marsh to take over the Sri Lanka side in January 2012 and, under his guidance, the national team won their first Test series in nearly three years, which came against Pakistan, and managed to make it to the finals of the 2012 World Twenty20.
However, they also experienced some bad times, especially at the beginning of the year when they were whitewashed 3-0 in a Test series against Australia.
The timing of Ford’s departure couldn’t have been worse as Sri Lanka prepare for the retirement of senior players like Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene.
Furthermore, their new coach will have just over a year to get accustomed to the team and get them prepared for the 2015 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.