The Sri Lankan cricket team is looking to rope in the services of former Australian cricketer Tom Moody for the role of Director of Sri Lanka Cricket. The deal is set to last for 3 years, and will require Moody to take care of literally every aspect of cricket in Sri Lanka.
Moody has a lot of experience on the coaching front. In fact, Moody was earlier with Sri Lankan cricket, where he was the coach of the Sri Lankan cricket team between 2005 and 2007. Apart from that, Moody was the coach of the Kings XI Punjab franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He also coached the Sun Risers Hyderabad (SRH) franchise for 7 years as well.
In fact, Aravinda De Silva, the Head of the Sri Lankan cricket committee stated that it would be important for Moody to come in as an independent person with a different viewpoint. De Silva also added that Moody has been involved with Australian cricket, the IPL, the Caribbean Premier League as well as county cricket and is someone who understands the structure.
“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,” said De Silva to ESPNCricinfo.
De Silva also threw light on the nature of the role that Moody would take up. He stated that the role would be one where a lot of areas like the medical side and fitness of players would be included and added that these processes should be driven into the grassroots of Sri Lankan cricket. De Silva concluded by stating that this was the main reason behind the role being for 3 years.
“A lot of areas [will be covered]. On the medical side, reporting on fitness, who will be monitoring those things and driving it all the way down to grassroots. We have to put all those structures in place, that’s why it’s for three years. These things cannot be done overnight, it’s a long-term plan which we need to implement,” signed off De Silva.