Coach Ford won't renew Sri Lanka contract

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Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford has told his employers that he would not be signing a new deal when his current contract comes to an end in January next year.

Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford has told his employers that he would not be signing a new deal when his current contract comes to an end in January next year.

Ford has been at the helm of the Sri Lanka side since January 2012, when he took over from the sacked Geoff Marsh, and it appears two years in the role is enough for the South African.

If he follows through on the decision, the tour to the UAE in December will be his last with the side, but the Sri Lanka Cricket bosses have said they will try to get the coach to change his mind.

A statement from the SLC read: "Mr. Graham Ford has intimated that he would like to be released from his duties at the end of his contract due to his family commitments.

"Sri Lanka Cricket intends to discuss this matter with him further and obtain his thoughts and take the process forward."

In August, Ford admitted he had been approached by Surrey to take over their coaching position in the English winter, and at the time he said he wouldn't make any decisions until his Sri Lanka deal ended.

He said last month: "During the Champions Trophy I was informally asked by the Surrey CEO if I would consider their vacant position. My reply was that my Sri Lanka contract finished in January 2014 and would consider all options available to me from there on."

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