Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has created a role to bring former coach Tom Moody to the structure of the cricket’s governing body in the Island nation. Moody is expected to be appointed as director of cricket. The appointment will seek to utilize Moody’s experience working within cricketing structures in Australia, England, and India to keep Sri Lankan cricket up-to-date with the latest technological advancements and best practices in the sport.
Moody, who is well-known for his tactical coaching style, has earlier worked with Sri Lanka’s men’s side from 2005 to 2007. During his tenure, the team played the finals of the 2007 World Cup that was contested in West Indies.
The soon-to-be director of cricket has been involved in coaching for the past two decades where he closely helped international teams as well as franchise leagues sides. Recently, IPL’s Sunrisers Hyderadad brought Moody on-board as director of cricket after he served the franchise as head coach.
On speaking about Moody, head of Sri Lanka’s sports ministry, Aravinda de Silva said, “We need someone responsible and neutral working on certain areas with an open mind, who understands the culture, the players, the country’s culture, someone who’s been around. He’s (Moody) got a lot of experience and understands more things about what some of the other countries are doing right.”
Aravinda De Silva also admitted that the process for Moody’s appointment can be confirmed once it is ratified by SLC Executive Committee. The former Australian all rounder will not have to relinquish his IPL duties.
Currently, Moody is occupied with his new role in Sunrisers for the upcoming season of the IPL. Under his guidance, the think-tank comprising of VVS Laxman and Trevor Baylis made some promising decisions at IPL 2021 auction last week.