Graham Ford will leave his position as Sri Lanka coach in January to take charge of English county side Surrey.

The 52-year-old Englishman informed Sri Lanka Cricket last month that he would be rejecting a new deal to stay with the national team for family reasons, having taken over from Geoff Marsh in January 2012.

Ford will start his new role as head coach of Surrey in February. He has a close relationship with one of the county’s star players, Kevin Pietersen, having known each other since the England batsman’s time at school in Durban.

Ford previously coached Natal and South Africa’s national team.

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