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New Director of Cricket Tom Moody sure of reaching the top

NEW CRICKET BOSS – Former Australian International Tom Moody plans to shake up Sri Lanka Cricket

ECONOMYNEXT- Newly appointed Director of Cricket in Sri Lanka Tom Moody is confident that Sri Lanka Cricket will fight its way back to competing at the top of the game.

“I am sure we will find ourselves back where we need to be and that is competing at the top,” Moody said at a press conference held yesterday by the Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) to discuss the future of the game in the country.

However, he said that the change is not going to happen in a heartbeat and that it’s going to take careful planning and getting good people involved in the process.

Moreover, he said that it is not the people or the players that need to be reviewed but the infrastructure of the cricket in the country.

“If we get that infrastructure right and get in the people in the roles that they are most suited and we have accountability for all of us including myself through the whole process,” he said,

Further, he said that there is always going to be a recovery period that every nation goes through but he added it is how swiftly you act to get through the process that matters.

“First-class domestic cricket in Sri Lanka is not a system that supports excellence and that is something that is very much a priority with regard to our rebuild, once you provide a system that provides excellence you allow talent which this country is not short of to thrive, once we manage to get those structures in place, which will happen reasonably swiftly, I think you will enjoy like the rest of the country the rewards of that new first-class structure and the national team will also respond well with better-prepared players for international cricket,” Moody said.

Moody was made Sri Lanka’s Director of Cricket last month following recommendations made by the Technical Advisory Committee of the SLC to revamp Sri Lanka’s Cricket operations.

His role is on a consultancy basis, and he will have to fulfil 300 days of ‘Mandatory Assignment’ during his contracted three-year period. His duties include the Analysis of the Future Tour Program, focusing on the Domestic Tournament Structure, Player Welfare, Education and Skill Development, Coaching and Support Staff Structure and High Performance and Data Analytics. (Colombo/Mar26/2021)

Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe

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