Sri Lanka part ways with Australian Tom Moody ahead of T20 World Cup | Cricket News

COLOMBO: Former Australia international Tom Moody is set to step down as Sri Lanka’s cricket manager, officials announced on Monday, weeks before the T20 World Cup.
The 56-year-old’s three-year contract is terminated “by mutual agreement”, Mohan de Silva, secretary of Sri Lankan cricket (SLC), told AFP.
A senior cricket source who did not wish to be named said SLC “couldn’t pay its long-term costs”, despite saving more than $40 million.
“We also think we need someone more involved who can spend more time in Sri Lanka,” the source added.
The source said the former Test player was paid $1,850 a day plus expenses for the 100 days a year he had to spend in the country, which is suffering its worst economic downturn.
Moody will leave by the end of this month or before the start of the T20 World Cup in Australia next month, another source said.
Former Sri Lanka head coach Moody was appointed director of cricket in February last year to help prepare the team for the T20 World Cup and the 50+ version in India in 2023.
There was no immediate comment from the Australian, who said last month he was in a similar cricketing manager position with Desert Vipers in the new United Arab Emirates-based T20 International League.
Under Moody, Sri Lanka emerged earlier this month as surprise winners of the Asian Cup, seen as a tune-up for the World Cup.
As director of cricket, Moody developed a performance-based pay structure which the national team resisted.
But they were eventually forced to give in following threats that they would be abandoned if they did not agree.
Sri Lanka has faced severe shortages of food, fuel and medicine since the end of last year, but Sri Lanka Cricket remains strapped for money, council officials say.
Last week, he donated half a million dollars to a cancer hospital in desperate need of lifesaving drugs and medical equipment.

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