Graham Xavier Ford named chief coach of Sri Lanka for his second stint

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Who: Graham Xavier Ford
Where: Sri Lanka
What: Chief Coach of Sri Lankan cricket team
When: 29 January 2016

South African Graham Xavier Ford on 29 January 2016 was named as the chief coach of the Sri Lankan cricket team for his second stint. At the time of his appointment, he was the head coach of the Surrey County Cricket Club

For the first time he was appointed as the head coach of the Sri Lanka national team, replacing Geoff Marsh in January 2012 and was in the post for two-year term till January 2014.

He succeeded Marvan Atapattu, who resigned from the post on 3 September 2015.

About Graham Xavier Ford

• He was born on 16 November 1960 in Natal.

• He played first class cricket before turning his career to become a cricket coach.

• He coached the South Africa A side in 1998 and promoted to be an assistant coach of national cricket team in 1999.

• After South Africa’s defeat in the semifinal against Australia in 1999 World Cup, he replaced Bob Woolmer and became the head coach of South African team.

• He lost his job after South Africa suffered back-to-back defeats against Australia in 2002.

• He is a qualified rugby union referee and worked as director of cricket at Kent County Cricket Club, as head coach of Surrey County Cricket Club, as coach of Dolphins Cricket team.