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28 Feb 2021
Former Australian World Cup winner and coach Tom Moody has been appointed as Sri Lanka’s Director of Cricket effective from March 1, and will be serving the board for a period of at least 300 days as ‘mandatory assignment’.
The decorated player and coach comes in with a contract of three years as a fresh breath of air in the Sri Lanka administration that has been under the spotlight for as long as one can remember.
Recently the lack of planning and execution in their premier T20 tournament Lanka Premier League, had to be postponed a couple of times. Later, Sri Lanka’s captain Dasun Shanaka was denied a transit visa to the United States of America for the West Indies away series, an issue that SLC have not been able to solve at the time of writing. Furthermore, SL legend Chaminda Vaas resigned from the position of bowling coach days after being appointed over a money dispute.
The board then had remarked that Vaas was holding the game at ransom
“...Chaminda Vaas has resorted to holding the administration, the cricketers, and indeed the game at ransom, by handing in his resignation at the eleventh hour,” SLC had remarked.
Earlier last week, former cricketer Aravinda de Silva, who leads a sports ministry appointed committee for overseeing the development of country’s cricket, told ESPNCricinfo that Moody will be bringing in an independent view.
Moody, who is currently the director of cricket at Indian Premier League franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad, will be splitting time to fulfil both roles.
Moody, 55, is expected to place modern structures for the overall development of cricket in Sri Lanka.