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19 Feb 2021
Sri Lanka Cricket is set to rope in former Australian Tom Moody as Director of Cricket, a post created under the guidance of the Cricket Committee that is headed by former great Aravinda de Silva and other prominent cricketers.
Moody, if he joins the setup as the Director will oversee all cricketing affairs of the board that includes coaching, overseeing domestic tournaments, development of squads, monitoring fitness standards of players.
He will work over the Head Coach Mickey Arthur and Head of Coaching Jerome Jayaratne and will report directly to the cricket Committee headed by de Silva.
"I think it will be important for him to come as an independent person with a different view, someone who has been involved in cricket in Australia and understands their structure, who has been involved in the IPL and those structures, a person who has been involved in county cricket with Worcestershire and understands their structure, and also being involved with the Caribbean Premier League," ESPNcricinfo quoted Aravinda de Silva as saying.
Although a final decision of roping him lies in the hands of the Executive Committee of the board, it is likely that the Australian who had once served as the head coach of the Sri Lankan side from 2005-07 will come back to the island nation of his second stint.
According to various reports in the local media, Moody will have to serve only 180 days in Sri Lanka and hence his other obligations can also be fulfilled while taking up this opportunity to revamp the cricketing system in the country.
Moody had a fairly successful run in his first stint with the Sri Lankan team as the side won Tests away from home in England, New Zealand and Pakistan. In ODI cricket, under his guidance, the team led by Mahela Jayawardane reached the finals of the ICC World Cup in 2007.