Will Moody stay with Sri Lanka team?
Many countries have contracted foreign coaches...
CRICKET: Many countries had contracted foreign coaches in their
endeavour to win the World Cup in the Caribbean, which attracts the
biggest prize money and also with it stardom. Teams having foreign
coaches are sure to evaluate their performances at the end of the World
Already Greg Chappell, the Indian coach has quit before his time,
citing personal and family commitments. Bangladesh coach Dav whatmore
has said that he would like to succeed Chappell as Indian coach.
The often asked question in Sri Lankan cricketing circles is: Will
coach Tom Moody want to stay with the Lankan team or quit for more
So far Moody has been doing a splendid job and there is no doubt that
the game is on the up and up in the country, if the success in the
current World Cup is an indication.
While Moody would be weighing the pros and cons, whether to stay or
go, here in the West Indies the story doing the round is that Moody's
family would influence whether he stays with Sri Lanka, goes to England
or heads home to Australia to work with former state Western Australia.
According to Moody, Western Australia had contracted him and asked.
He had told them that at the end of the present World Cup, he would
discuss with Sri Lanka and see what the future holds for him in Sri
With the results shown so far, it would do Sri Lanka cricket a lot of
good if they could persuade Moody to stay. If Sri Lanka wins the World
Cup - and there is no reason why they should not - then there is the
possibility that Moody would up his price to remain.
The Sri Lankan authorities would have to do a lot of negotiating with
Moody at the end of the World Cup.
Coaches steering teams to success are always in demand, while those
not doing so are in great demand to be got rid of.
With the West Indies hosting the World Cup, expectations were that
they could repeat the feats of Clive Lloyd's team that won the first two
World Cup in England in 1975 and 79.
But after their resounding success in the group stage, the Windies
have crumbled in the Super 8 series and have come in for a lot of flack
from most quarters here in the Caribbean.
While Michael Holding, Colin Croft and Joel Garner asked for the head
of skipper Brian Lara, now comes the cry for Aussie Bennet King to be
chopped as the West Indian coach.
One might ask what can a coach do when the team loses? A coach can
tell and show. All depends how the players put it together out in the
Local officials have called for the removal of King and for a full
scale investigation into the set up of West Indies cricket.
According to Colin Murray and quoted in the 'Guardian'; 'This man
(King) has been with this team for quite a while and has achieved
nothing. He took the team from Gus Logie when we had just won the
Champions Trophy and what has he done with it since - absolutely
I am saying that King must be removed from the position of coach. The
only thing that can save him is if by some miracle, the team goes on and
wins the World Cup! said Murray.
Colin Murray is a former West Indian under-19 captain.