Sri Lanka in SA

Ford set for Sri Lanka job

2012-01-23 12:43
Graham Ford (File)
Cape Town - Former Proteas coach Graham Ford appears set to replace Geoff Marsh as Sri Lankan coach, according to the Cricinfo website.

The decision, which is expected to be announced after the one-day series against South Africa, is the latest by the board to revamp the set-up around the national team.

Ford resigned as coach of the Dolphins last week, saying he wanted to "follow my dreams of involvement at an international level".

He will be the third coach appointed by Sri Lanka since Trevor Bayliss stepped down after leading them to the 2011 Cricket World Cup final.

Ford took over as coach of South Africa from Bob Woolmer in 1999 and held the position till 2001. He moved to Kent as director of cricket in 2004, and in 2006 he returned home to take charge of the Dolphins. In June 2007, he was offered the challenge of coaching India, but declined. In 2009, he withdrew his name from the shortlist of candidates for the England coaching job.

Sri Lanka has come in for much criticism since reaching the World Cup final, having lost every Test and ODI series they have played since then and captain Tillakaratne Dilshan might also be replaced by Mahela Jayawardene following their poor performance in South Africa.

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