Sri Lanka cricket team head coach Graham Ford stepped down. He finished his second term after completing 15 months. Praised on Sri Lankan team, Ford said in a statement that it’s been a privilege working with the young players.
“It’s been a privilege to work with these talented young men over the past 15 months. Their passion for the sport is inspiring, as is indeed this nation’s.”
Wishing Sri Lankan players, Ford said: “Sri Lanka has grown on me, and although we’ve made the decision to part ways where coaching is concerned, she will always have a little piece of my heart.”
“I look forward to sitting up on that beautiful Fort down in Galle and taking in a bird’s eye view of Sri Lanka’s special brand of cricket – this time without having to chew my nails to the bone. I wish Sri Lanka Cricket and the boys the very best, and I must offer a word of advice to the young men – Always believe in yourself, believe in your team, and play from your heart.”
The Sri Lanka Cricket President Thilanga Sumathipala thanked Ford for his contribution and importance of his hard work.
Sumathipala said, “He joined us at a time where we were quoted by the ICC as being on the ‘verge of suspension’ and at a time where things were volatile and uncertain, Ford had faith in us & has given us his fullest support.”
He added, “This was a decision arrived at mutually after careful consideration and deliberation and we are both confident of its propriety. Ford epitomises the character of cricket as a true gentleman, and we are indeed sorry to see him go.”
Ford became a coach of Sri Lanka for two years in 2012-2014. The decision has been taken of stepping down from head coach just before the ODI series against Zimbabwe.