Model T’s broken down !! Graham Ford’s turned down the BCCI offer ….
This is what the Kent website carried yesterday …
FORD RETURNS TO THE NEVILL
Following reports suggesting that Kent Director of Cricket Graham Ford has been offered and has accepted the role of coach to the Indian National side, Kent County Cricket Club can confirm that Ford is returning to the UK and will be at Tunbridge Wells tomorrow for Kent’s penultimate group match in the Friends Provident Trophy against Hampshire.The focus for Graham and the Kent team is very much on winning a match that would see the Spitfire’s edge a step closer to a home semi final in the FPT.
Discussions with Ford will take place after the match and whilst no further statement will be made until after those discussions have taken place, it is hoped that the popular South African will remain at Canterbury to continue the progress made towards re-establishing Kent as a major force in County Cricket.
And this is what it says today
FORD TO STAY AT KENT
Kent County Cricket Club today announced that Graham Ford, Kent’s Director of Cricket, has declined the offer to coach the Indian National cricket team, following his recent interview in Chennai.
Commenting on his decision, Graham Ford said:
“I am very grateful to the Club for allowing me to go to India to find out more about the job of coaching the Indian Team. I have had a chance to reflect on the offer made by the BCCI and their urgency to fill the vacant position. After careful consideration, I have decided to continue my work here at Kent. This has been a really difficult decision. I am honoured that India have shown such interest in my capabilities, but feel that this is the right decision for me and my family.”
Graham Johnson, Kent’s Chairman of Cricket said:
“This is really great news for Kent cricket. We are delighted Graham has decided to stay with us. I would like to say how much we appreciate the way Graham has handled the last few days.
He has made a significant contribution to our playing performance during his time with us, as well as the system to produce local cricket talent in Kent. Part of that input has been the development of a support mechanism that has meant that the playing side was able to operate effectively whilst Graham was away and great credit goes to them.
I know that all in the business at Kent, the playing staff, the coaching staff and all our administrators will be thrilled by his decision. It also says much about the future vision we have for Kent, the way we conduct our business and how we all play a part in the delivery of that vision, not least through what we do on the field. ”
So What Next BCCI ?