Sept 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's cricket control board, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will be looking for a new national coach from next year as National Coach Graham Ford has decided to leave when his contract expires in January 2014.
The SLC said in a media announcement today that the National Coach has indicated to SLC of his unavailability to continue with Sri Lanka after his contract expires in January 2014.
"The National Coach has indicated to SLC of his unavailability to continue with SLC after his contract expires in January 2014," the SLC said in a statement.
Ford has taken this decision consequent to the discussions he had with his family on the options given by SLC, the SLC said.
The SLC last week announced that Ford met with the office bearers, National Team Manager and Acting. CEO of SLC on 13th September to discuss his future plans with SLC after Ford told SLC that he would like to be released from his duties at the end of his contract due to his family commitments.
During the meeting SLC have suggested certain options to him with regard to his family commitments, which he had considered together with his family and informed of his decision to leave.
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.
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.