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Graham Ford will leave his coaching position with Surrey to return to coaching Sri Lanka, the job he formerly held before joining the county side.
Ford was Sri Lanka’s head coach for a two-year spell which began in January 2012 before deciding to leave and join Surrey. However, with Sri Lanka actively searching for a head coach following Marvan Atapattu’s resignation, Ford has decided to return to his former post.
In the time he spent with Surrey, Ford had a huge impact as he guided the county to back to the First Division of the County Championship and helped them reach the final of the Royal London One Day Cup.
“We are extremely disappointed to be losing Graham Ford who has not just been an outstanding head coach but has played an integral role in the progress that we have achieved over the last two years,” Surrey’s director of cricket Alec Stewart told the county’s official website. “He has worked tirelessly with the players and his efforts can be seen in their individual performances and the team’s results, culminating in promotion back to the First Division.
“It was a very tough decision for Graham to leave Surrey but we understand that the opportunity to go back and coach at International level with Sri Lanka was too good to turn down.
“Despite the timing of his decision, we wish Graham all the best and we will immediately start our search for a new head coach.”