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Sri Lanka coach Ford confirms he will leave in January

September 18, 2013 20:15 IST

Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene (left) talks with coach Graham Ford during a practice sessionSri Lanka head coach Graham Ford has confirmed he will quit when his contract expires in January, despite being pressed to reconsider by the island nation's cricket authorities.

"The national coach has indicated... his unavailability to continue after his contract expires in January 2014," Sri Lanka Cricket said.

South African Ford, who was appointed when Australian coach Geoff Marsh was sacked in January 2012, told Sri Lanka last week that he does not want to renew his contract because of family commitments, but officials asked him to reconsider.

His final series with Sri Lanka will be against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in December, when they play three Tests, five one-dayers and two Twenty20 games.

Ford, who has been linked to the vacant coaching position at English county side Surrey, led Sri Lanka to the final of the Twenty20 World Cup and a Test series victory against Pakistan.

Image: Mahela Jayawardene (left) talks with coach Graham Ford during a practice session

Photograph: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

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