Sri Lanka Cricket to Part Ways with Tom Moody

Written by N Krishnamurthy

Top decision makers of Sri Lanka Cricket have decided to end association with their director of cricket Tom Moody, Cricket Age exclusively learns. The discussion is currently going on between both the parties for a respectable exit of former Australian all rounder.

In March 2021, Moody was appointed Sri Lanka’s director of cricket, a broad new role that saw him overseeing Island’s international programme and domestic tournaments. The appointment was made on the recommendation of Sri Lanka’s then technical advisory committee headed by¬†Aravinda De Silva.

The role had required Moody to 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”.

Moody had been Sri Lanka’s coach between 2005 and 2007 – years in which Sri Lanka tasted considerable success in the Test format and became World Cup runners-up. 

For his new role also, Moody was brought and presented as a savior of Sri Lanka Cricket and Aravinda and his other committee members Kumar Sangakkara and Muttiah Muralitharan, who were under his obligation, gifted him a staggering salary package of 200,000K USD Per Annum.

However, as director of cricket, Moody turned out a white elephant for Sri Lanka Cricket, as he hardly contributed anything new to develop the game. Instead, surprisingly, Tim MacCasKil, as head of High Performance Centre (HPC), emerged as a game changer for Sri Lanka Cricket and later legendary Mahela Jayawardene took over the reins as consultant coach of national sides.

That’s why, now SLC sees no further role of Moody in moving forward Sri Lanka Cricket.

“Currently talks are going on for a mutual ending of the association and a respectful exit for him” a top SLC official told Cricket Age.

Recently, Moody was replaced by legendary Brian Lara  as IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad head coach for the 2023 season.

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