The Sri Lanka cricket board said that it has embarked on a significant initiative of securing a professional coach to serve the national team and decided to recruit Ford as the head coach with effect from 1st February 2016.
As per the vision of the newly appointed Executive Committee of the Sri Lanka cricket board, it was priority to head hunt and appoint a reputed coach to serve Sri Lanka Cricket until the World Cup in 2019 in England.
“Bringing back a coach of Graham Ford’s caliber is part of the new Executive Committee’s plan towards restoring Sri Lanka Cricket back to its glory days,” the cricket board said.
Ford will be entrusted with the national team for a period of 45 months to build the strength and stability of cricket in Sri Lanka until the World Cup in 2019. His main task would be to enhance the capabilities of the young national team which is currently on a rebuilding process.
“As the national team continues its transition following high-profile retirements, Ford’s reputation for being good with young players was among the reasons for the new Executive Committee to secure Ford for the job,” the cricket board said.
The former South African first class cricketer served as an Assistant Coach of the South African national Team in 1999. He then replaced Woolmer as the head coach of the South African team following the ICC World Cup. (Colombo Gazette)