South African Ford returns as Sri Lanka coach


South African Graham Ford will return as Sri Lanka’s head coach until the 2019 World Cup after overseeing Surrey’s return to top tier in his successful two-year stint with the English county championship side.

Sri Lanka appointed Ford first in 2012 and after two years in charge, the 55-year-old moved to Surrey, whom he led to promotion from County Championship Division Two last year.

“…Graham Ford will rejoin Sri Lanka Cricket as the Head Coach with effect from 1st February 2016,” the country’s cricket board said in a statement.

“He will be entrusted with the national team for a period of 45 months to build the strength and stability of our cricket until the ICC World Cup in 2019.