Former Australian cricketer and Director of Cricket at Sunrisers Hyderabad Tom Moody is in line to be appointed as Director of Cricket of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).
SLC’s four-member Cricket Committee comprising Roshan Mahanama, Muttiah Muralitharan, Kumar Sangakkara, and Aravinda de Silva – who is head of the technical advisory committee appointed by the sports ministry to oversee the development of cricket in Sri Lanka, recommended Moody’s name.
It is being said that Moody is in the fray for the top post of SLC’s Director of Cricket, a newly-created role that will oversee almost every facet of the game in the country and the SLC authorities wants to utilize the former Sri Lankan head coach’s experience of working with Australia, England and India to keep their cricket up-to-date with the latest technological advancements and best practices.
De Silva told ESPNcricinfo: “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.”
Moody enjoyed a successful spell as head coach of the Sri Lankan team from 2005-2007 and also helped the side to reach the 2007 World Cup final and De Silva believes that his familiarity with the Lankan team's culture and it can help the national side.
Former cricketer further added, “We're a committee and 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.”
De Silva signed off by saying, “We need to blend and get the administrative side and the cricketing side also. He's got a lot of experience and understands more things about what some of the other countries are doing right, and we need to get the best things out of those countries that will suit our culture and then implement those.”
Noteworthy, Moody will take up the position at SCL as soon a
s appoint is approved by the SLC Executive Committee if everything goes as planned. He will be also allowed to split his time between both roles – at SRH and Sri Lanka with the SLC expected to come out with a final decision over the next week.
(With ANI Inputs)