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Greg Chappell declines Sri Lanka coaching offer

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By Staff Writers | October 21, 2013

PhotoJust days after an Indian news report claimed Greg Chappell was in line to become Sri Lanka’s next head coach, ESPNCricinfo reports that Chappell has turned down the offer.

The 65-year-old Chappell has turned down the offer from SLC "citing family reasons," the report published earlier today stated.

Sri Lanka’s current coach South African Graham Ford stated last month that he would not be seeking an extension to his contract when it ends next January. Ford has been named head coach of Surrey and will take up his new assignment in February.

Ford was appointed coach at the start of this year after Australian Geoff Marsh was sacked just three months into his contract.

According to SLC, 11 applications have been received for the position, of which eight applicants are from overseas.

Paul Farbrace, who was Sri Lanka’s assistant coach from 2007 to 2009 under Trevor Bayliss, told Island Cricket recently that he was interested in the job, while Shane Duff, who was Sri Lanka’s strength and conditioning coach from 2003 to 2005, confirmed that he was amongst the applicants for the position of head coach of the Sri Lankan side.

© Island Cricket

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