Full name Graham Xavier Ford
Born November 16, 1960, Pietermaritzberg, Natal
Major teams Natal B
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Graham Xavier Ford is a South African first class cricketer turned cricket coach. He is currently the head coach of the Sri Lanka national team. A right-handed batsman, he played 7 games for Natal B in his career despite playing his last game seven years after his debut in 1982/83. He was a good allrounder sportsman, being a former provincial tennis champion and representing Natal at football. Ford is also a qualified rugby union referee.
In 1992 he became coach of Natal where he enjoyed the services of Malcolm Marshall, Clive Rice, Shaun Pollock, Jonty Rhodes and Lance Klusener. He led the province to victory in both the first class and one day trophies in 1996-97.
Ford coached the South Africa A side in 1998 in a tour of Sri Lanka and the following year was named the assistant coach of South Africa. As assistant to Bob Woolmer he coached South Africa in the 1999 World Cup where they reached the semi finals before being eliminated by Australia. Following the tournament he replaced Woolmer as coach and led the country to victory in 8 of the 11 series that they played but having suffered back-to-back defeats against Australia he lost his job in June 2002.
Ford became director of cricket at Kent in 2005. In 2006 he returned to South Africa to coach the Dolphins but left the role the same year for personal reasons.
On 9 June 2007 he was offered the position of coach of the Indian cricket team, but two days later he declined the offer, citing “it was the right decision for me and my family”.
It was announced on 31 July 2009 that he would not be returning to Kent for the 2010 season, again citing personal reasons.
In January 2012, he was appointed as the head coach of the Sri Lanka national team, replacing Geoff Marsh.