Tom Moody had coached Sri Lanka between 2005 and 2007, helping them reach a World Cup final.© Twitter
Former Australian batsman Tom Moody is vying for the post of Director of Cricket at Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). Earlier this month, spin bowling legend Muttiah Muralitharan and former captain Kumar Sangakkara were named to the SLC’s four-member committee. Former Sri Lankan cricketers Aravinda de Silva and Roshan Mahanama were also named to the committee. Moody’s name was recommended for the newly created role by the committee. “I think it will be important for him to come as an independent person with a different perspective, someone who has been involved in cricket in Australia and understands their structure, who has been involved in the IPL and these structures, a person who has been involved in county cricket with Worcestershire and understands their structure, and also involved in the Caribbean Premier League, “The Bharat Express News said citing De Silva.
The former Australian cricketer coached the Sri Lankan team between 2005 and 2007 and helped the then-led team under Mahela Jayawardene reach the World Cup final in 2007.
De Silva stressed the importance of a neutral candidate and underlined Moody’s familiarity with the culture of the Sri Lankan team.
“We are a committee and we need someone responsible and neutral working in certain areas with an open mind, who understands the culture, the actors, the culture of the country, someone who has been there. We have to mix and get the administrative side as well as the cricket side, ”said De Silva.
“He has a lot of experience and understands more of what some of the other countries are doing right, and we have to make the most of those countries that will suit our culture and then implement them,” he said. added.
Sri Lanka chief selector Ashantha de Mel resigned last month following the 2-0 loss to England in the Home Test Series. De Mel had blamed the lack of practice for the 2-0 Test Series loss to South Africa and the loss to England.
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