Australian ex-international Tom Moody will leave his post as Sri Lanka cricket director, officials said Monday, weeks before the T20 World Cup. The 56-year-old’s three-year contract will be terminated by “mutual agreement,” Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) secretary Mohan de Silva told AFP. A senior cricket source who declined to be named said SLC “couldn’t pay its fees in the long run” despite saving more than $40 million. “We also feel that we need someone who is more hands-on, 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 was expected to spend in the country, which is experiencing the worst economic downturn.
Moody will leave at the end of this month or before the T20 World Cup starts in Australia next month, another source said.
Former Sri Lanka head coach Moody was appointed director of cricket in February last year to prepare the team for the T20 World Cup and the 50-over version in India in 2023.
There was no immediate response from the Australian, who last month said he was hiring a similar cricket post director at Desert Vipers in the newly formed UAE-based International League T20.
Under Moody, Sri Lanka emerged as surprise winners of the Asian Cup earlier this month, seen as a prelude to the World Cup.
As director of cricket, Moody set up a performance-related pay structure that the national team resisted.
But they were eventually forced to give in to subsequent threats that they would be dropped unless they agreed.
Sri Lanka has faced acute shortages of food, fuel and medicine since late last year, but Sri Lanka Cricket remains full of cash, according to board officials.
Last week, it donated half a million dollars to a cancer hospital in urgent need of life-saving drugs and medical equipment.
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