Sri Lanka back Ford to rediscover 'glory days'


Sri Lanka have announced Graham Ford as head coach and hope he can bring back the "glory days" having agreed a deal until 2019.

Ford returns for a second spell at the helm of the Asian nation, having previously taken charge from 2012 to 2014.

The South African took up a job as head coach at Surrey the following month, but the English county confirmed his departure on Thursday.

Ford is contracted to remain in the role until after the 2019 Cricket World Cup, with the expectation that he develops a young squad that can challenge to win the tournament for the first time since 1996.

A Sri Lanka Cricket statement read: "As per the vision of the newly appointed executive committee, it was priority to head hunt and appoint a reputed coach to serve Sri Lanka Cricket until the World Cup in 2019 in England.

"Bringing back a coach of Graham Ford's calibre is part of the new executive committee's plan towards restoring Sri Lanka Cricket back to its glory days.

"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 World Cup in 2019.

"His main task would be to enhance the capabilities of the young national team which is currently on a rebuilding process.

"As the national team continues its transition following high-profile retirements, Ford's reputation for being good with young players was among the reasons for the new executive committee to secure Ford for the job."

Sri Lanka begin a three-game Twenty20 International series against India in Pune on February 9, with the 2016 Asia Cup preceding their participation in the World Twenty20 in March.