Australian coach Steve Rixon has emerged as the favourite to fill the post of Sri Lanka cricket coach - which will be vacated following the departure of Graham Ford, Dinamina reports .
Accordingly, Steve Rixon is to arrive in Sri Lanka this week and meet several officers at Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).
The SLC Executive Committee has also granted permission to engage in discussions with him since he has been recommended by the veteran coach Greg Chappell and several other international coaches mentioning that Steve Rixon is the most suitable coach for the Sri Lanka cricket team.
Graham Ford is to step down as the head coach of the Sri Lanka cricket team next January and following his request his contract will not be extended. He had requested from SLC to release him from his duties due to personal reasons. However, it is learnt that he has agreed to serve as the coach of England's Surrey County Cricket team.
Nearly 12 international coaches have applied to the post .A committee headed by Ranjith Fernando has been appointed to engage in discussions with all the applicants and select most suitable individual.
The coach who gained the most attention from the applicants, Steve Rixon, has severed as the coach of the New Zealand team .He was well known as a successful coach during his services to the New Zealand cricket team from 1996 to 1999.He has coached England's Surrey County cricket team, Hyderabad Heroes and New South Wales .He is also the current Australian cricket fielding coach.
Steve Rixon who has played 13 test matches and 6 ODIs for Australia has played 151 first class matches for New South Wales team. His cricket career ended after he joined the rebel tour of South Africa in 1985.