Graham Ford    AFP
Graham Ford AFP

After failing to qualify for semi-finals of the recently concluded ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Sri Lanka face another setback with the departure of head coach Graham Ford midway during his four-year contract. Ford has left the team and returned to South Africa. As reported by sundaytimes.ik, Ford’s fellow South African Nic Pothas, who is also Sri Lanka s fielding coach, has been announced as interim coach. Sri Lanka will be hosting Zimbabwe next week for 5 ODIs and a Test. This will be Zimbabwe s first bilateral series in Sri Lanka since 2001-02.

According to the report, Ford had issues with the newly-appointed Sri Lanka Cricket Manager Asanka Gurusinha, and had written a letter to the board regarding the issue. In reply, Sri Lanka Cricket answered Ford that it had taken a policy decision to appoint a Cricket Manager and that it will not be changed. Going by the hierarchy level, Ford was answerable to Gurusinha.

SLC also explained Ford about his four-year term as coach till 2019 World Cup and asked him to continue. However, Ford had an open discussion with the board and refused to work. The board also said that Ford has not given any official notice of his resignation and that Ford has not been answering either phone calls or emails.