Sept 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's national cricket team coach South African Graham Ford has informed the country's cricket board that he would like to be released from his duties at the end of his contract due to his family commitments, Sri Lanka Cricket announced Thursday.
"Sri Lanka cricket intends to discuss this matter with him further and obtain his thoughts and take the process forward," the cricket board said in a brief statement to media.
Ford has indicated that he would not extend his contract when it expires in January. Sri Lanka's tour in the United Arab Emirates in December will be his last coaching experience with the team.
Last month Ford dismissed media reports that he was considering the coaching position with Surrey. He said during the Champions Trophy he was informally asked by the Surrey CEO to coach the county team but he had no further discussions with Surrey.
However he said that he will consider all options available to him when his contract with SLC finished in January 2014.
The former South African coach was selected as the coach of Sri Lanka's national cricket team in January 2012 for two years. Ford replaced the former Australian batsman Geoff Marsh who was sacked by the SLC just four months after he was appointed to the job for two years in September 2011.