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Tom Moody and Sri Lanka Cricket part ways; Mahela Jayawardene will continue as consultant coach

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In a recent development, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and Tom Moody have decided to part ways just a year and a half into their three-year contract. While the Aussie is stepping down from his post as SLC’s high-profile Director of Cricket, Mahela Jayawardene will continue as consultant coach despite the former Sri Lanka captain accepting wider responsibility with IPL franchise Mumbai Indians earlier this week. .

Moody was hired for a three-year term by a Technical Advisory Committee headed by Aravinda de Silva in early March last year. He had a wide reach, encompassing the men’s and women’s game, and domestic and international cricket. However, the priority of his role was to restructure Sri Lankan national cricket, which he did by introducing a five-team provincial tournament in addition to the 26-club first-class tournament.

Tom Moody and Sri Lanka Cricket part ways;  Mahela Jayawardene will continue as consultant coach
Tom Moody. (Credits: Twitter)

SLC board has to compensate Tom Moody for early termination of his contract

SLC President Shammi Silva revealed the status of Moody’s contract with SLC, without elaborating on what the call would be to the Sunday Times stating “Soon we will make a final call.”

However, a senior official confirmed that the Board has already mutually agreed with Moody to part ways.

Tom Moody and Sri Lanka Cricket part ways;  Mahela Jayawardene will continue as consultant coach
Tom Moody coached Sri Lanka to the 2007 World Cup final. Image-Twitter.

“We will have to compensate him for the early dismissal, but even that is a better option than keeping him for another year and a half.” sources confirmed, on condition of anonymity. He will be paid US$45,000 in compensation. Moody was paid a fee of $2,000 for each day he spent in Sri Lanka, in addition to all other benefits, including five-star accommodation.

The SLC board credits Jayawardene and trusts the former captain to shape the future of cricket for the Islanders.

However, the Board now feels that, with Jayawardena heavily involved in shaping the future of cricket on the island, they could now do without Moody. Thus, he has reached a friendly exit plan with the former Australian cricketer turned manager.

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Mahela Jayawardene
Mahela Jayawardene (Image credit: Twitter)

Meanwhile, SLC credited Mahela Jayawardena with reviving the national cricket team and other age group teams.

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