Just a day after Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced that national team coach Graham Ford will be released of his duties once his contract expires in January, the country's board has asked the South African to have a rethink.
While it has been widely reported that Ford will leave his Sri Lankan job to take reins with the English county team Surrey, SLC deny that to be the case.
"Surrey had approached him, but they haven't offered him a job," SLC CEO Ashley de Silva told ESPNcricinfo. "What he cited to us was that he had family commitments, and that's why he was thinking about leaving. We talked to him and gave him a few options regarding his family. He will consider those and get back to us next week."
SLC, pleased with the team's progress under Ford, is keen to renew his contract. If Ford decides to leave though, Sri Lanka's series against Pakistan in the UAE in December-January will be his last assignment with the side. Sri Lanka is due to play 3 Tests, 5 ODIs and 2 T20I's against Pakistan.
Ford took over as the coach of the Sri Lankan team after Geoff Marsh was sacked following a disastrous tour to South Africa in 2011. While Sri Lanka have seen their ups under Ford - beating Pakistan to win their first Test series in 3 years and reaching the final of the World T20 - they also had their share of downs - losing 3-0 in a Test series to Australia Down Under.