Ford on SL: Don’t expect any quick fixes


Incoming Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford knows the task that awaits him is big, and has cautioned fans to have patience as a 'quick fix' to the side's problems is not on the cards.

Sri Lanka have endured a torrid 12 months, with their latest defeats being in T20 and ODI series against New Zealand. Ford takes over from interim coach Jerome Jayaratne, who in turn relieved Marvan Atapattu last year.

Ford, who was Surrey's coach before this, said on Cricinfo: "Sri Lanka is in the early part of a rebuilding phase, so don't expect any quick fixes. I am very aware what a huge challenge it is.

"A lot of hard work needs to be done. It's very important that this team building is done on a very solid foundation, so patience is required.

"I know there is an abundance of talent within the system, but it is about identifying those who have got the mental toughness to go on and become consistent players and match-winners at international level."

Ford added that he would be relying heavily on Jayaratne, who was the interim coach and is expected to become Ford's assistant. Before his coaching stint, Jayaratne was a selector.

Ford added: "It's quite a long process which is required. A lot of hard work, not just for me but all involved, particularly Jerome who has been involved in Sri Lanka cricket for a long time, knows the players so well and has a wealth of knowledge technically and tactically.

"It's important to have his input, and also to have the selectors and the board all working together to ensure the long-term process can take place so that we can take Sri Lanka back to the top of the international stage."