Former Australia all-rounder Tom Moody has been appointed Sri Lankan Cricket’s director of cricket on a three-year deal in a role created to boost the country’s domestic and international development.
Moody will work closely with current head coach Mickey Arthur, who has been trying to turn Sri Lanka’s fortunes around on the pitch.
Moody was confirmed by a technical advisory committee, led by Aravinda de Silva, with the goal to improve structures within the national cricket system.
— Mickey Arthur (@Mickeyarthurcr1) February 28, 2021
‘Tom has worked with Sri Lanka Cricket in the past and has shown results, and I am sure with his working knowledge of the system, Tom will add greater value to our game,’ said Sri Lankan Cricket CEO Ashley de Silva in an interview with cricinfo.
‘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. We need to blend and get the administrative side as well as the cricketing side.
‘Tom has 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.’
The committee’s decision was supported by former Sri Lanka stars Kumar Sangakkara and Muttiah Muralitharan, who once worked with Moody when he was head coach of the team between 2005 and 2007.
Moody took the team to the 2007 Cricket World Cup final where they lost to Australia. He has also been heavily involved with commentating since then, covering international matches featuring Australia as well as the Big Bash League.