Tom Moody turns ‘Cricket Expert’ for ongoing T20 World Cup

Written by N Krishnamurthy

Super 12s round of the ongoing T20 World Cup has already produced some nail biting thrillers. Asif Ali’s four sixes in last over against Afghanistan, David Miller’s heroics against Sri Lanka and Andre Russell’s deadly yorkers against Bangladesh captain Mahmadullah are some of the high point of the tournament so far.

As world cricket is under t20 extravaganza’s fever, cricket experts around the globe are also providing their opinions before and after the matches.

From Australia, Legendary Tom Moody is also among high profile cricket experts for the mega ICC event! Moody, who is known for his astute cricket brain, has turned analyst for a online publication group and is mesmerizing viewers with his unmatched expertise. Moreover, as he was associated with Sunrisers Hyderabad as cricket director during recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, his first hand experience about UAE pitches is proving vital. Under his supervision, Sunrisers Hyderabad ended their disastrous IPL 2021 campaign as the bottom side with just 3 wins from 14 games.

Moody, one of the most skilled and multitasking coach around the globe, holds multiple high profile posts in cricket: Apart from Sunrisers Hyderabad,  he serves as Sri Lanka’s director of cricket, as well as  Oval Invincibles Head coach in England’s The Hundred! Moody, who previously served as the Sri Lanka’s National Coach, was appointed director of cricket in March this year, a broad new role that will have him overseeing Sri Lanka’s international programme and domestic tournaments. The appointment was made on the recommendation of Sri Lanka’s technical advisory committee headed by Aravinda de Silva for US$ 200,000 per annum for 100 days work. Kumar Sangakkara and Muttiah Muralitharan, who played under Moody during his tenure as coach, are also in the advisory committee. The role will see Moody spend at least 300 days in Sri Lanka over the next three years focusing on “analysis of the future tour programme, focusing on the domestic tournament structure, player welfare, education and skill development, coaching and support staff structure, high performance, and data analytics”.

Sri Lanka, ably led by Dasun Shanaka, stormed into Super12 after thrashing Scotland, Ireland and Namibia in the qualifier round. Coached by Micky Arthur, Sri Lanka’s campaign in the main round has somewhat derailed after consecutive defeats against Australia and South Africa. However, cricket experts and social media journalists in the Island are still confident that if  England and Bangladesh wins their remaining matches and West Indies wins against Australia in Group 1, Sri Lanka will still be qualifying for the semi finals!


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